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Fraud email example:
From: "PROF.OVIOUH WHISKY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 10:43:07 +0100
Subject: FROM THE E.C.O.W.A.S SECRETARIAT.
FROM THE E.C.O.W.A.S SECRETARIAT,
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN,
CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTEE,
ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES
(E.C.O.W.A.S)HEADQUARTERS LOME,REPUBLIC OF TOGO.
(ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR US$15M).
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if it
might offend you for Without your prior consent,I am writing you through
this channel. Briefly,I am PROF.OVIOUH WHISKY, THE CHAIRMAN of the Contract
Awarding Committee,(C.A.C) of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES
(E.C.O.W.A.S),with Headquarters in Lome,the Republic of Togo,West Africa.I
got your information/contact in a business directory when I was searching
for a reliable,honest and trustworthy person to entrust this business with.
I was simply inspired and motivated to pick your contact from the many names
listed in the directory. After discussing my view and your profile with my
colleagues, they were very much satisfied and i decided to contact you
immediately for this mutual business relationship. We wish to transfer the
sum of US$15,000,000.00(FIFTEEN Million United States Dollars).into your
personal or company`s bank account. This fund was a residue of the over
invoiced contract bills awarded by the(E.C.O.W.A.S). Body for the supply of
ammunitions, hard/soft wares, phamaceauticals/medical items, light and heavy
duty vehicles, apperals and other administrative logistics e.t.c for the
Economic Community Monitoring Group(E.C.O.M.O.G), a security Force of the
ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES(E.C.O.W.A.S)in Sierria-Leone and
Liberia during the Peace Keeping Projects. This DEAL was deliberately
hatched out and carefully protected with all the available loope holes
sealed off. As the Chairman of the Contract Awarding Committee(C.A.C). I
have the co-operation and mandate of the Financial Director and the
Secretary of the Organisation. We arranged and over invoiced the contract
funds supplied by different companies from different countries of the world
during the crisis in some West African Countries.
It was our consensus to seek the assistance of a willing foreigner to
provide us with the facilities to transfer this money out of West Africa.
This is borne out of our beleif in the non-stable and sporous political
nature of this sub-region. The original contractors have been duely paid by
the Banque Centrale Des Etats De L`Afrique De L`Ouest(Central Bank of the
West African States)through our bankers-Societe Generale Banque. This
balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign
company/person of our choice. We intend to transfer out this fund NOW as the
organisation is winding up its peace keeping activities since the aim of
returning PEACE to the countries and the West coast has been achieved. Based
on the laws and ethics of employment, we as civil servants working under
this organisation, are not allowed to operate a foreign account. This is the
more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account that can
sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future investment with your
comprehensive advise, assistance and partnership in your country. It is
however agreed, as the account owner in this deal to allow you 20% of the
entire sum as compensation, 75% will be held on trust for us while 5% will
be used to defray any incidental charges and cost during the course of the
transaction. This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14 days
if you accord us your unalloyed and due co-operation. You should provide the
followings if you sincerely wish to assist in this transaction:
YOUR COMPANY`S NAME WITH COMPLETE ADDRESS,TEL
AND FAX NUMBERS.(if available)
THE NAME OF YOUR BANK,ITS ADDRESS WITH TEL,FAX
AND TELEX NUMBERS:
THE ACCOUNT NUMBER:
THE COMPLETE MAILING ADRRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY(YOU OR YOUR
COMPANY) WITH TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
Upon the receipt of this informations, the documents of approval with the
texts of application will be sent to you for confirmaton and then be
forwarded to the organisation for ratification and subsequent payment and
transfering of the funds into your provided bank account. As with the case
of all organised(sensitive)and conspired DEALS, we solicit for your
unreserved confidentiality and utmost secret in this business. We hope to
retire peacefully and live a honourable business life afterwards in your
country. There are no risks involved.
REPLY A.S.A.P, VIA MY PRIVATE E-MAIL
ADDRESS:email@example.com INDICATING YOUR INTENTIONS
TOWARDS THIS TRANSACTION PROPOSAL.
PRIVATE E-MAIL ADDRESS:firstname.lastname@example.org
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