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Fraud email example:
From: "usman bello" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:55:00 +0000
Subject: MY DEAR.
OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTE
LOME,REPUBLIC OF TOGO
ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD10M
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if it
might offend you without your prior consent and writing through this
channel.I am Usman Bello,The Chairman, Contract
Awarding Committee of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (
ECOWAS)with Headquarters in Lome, Togo.I got your information in a business
directory from the Togolaise Chamber of Commerce and Industries 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 and lists in the directory.
After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were very
much satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual
business relationship.We wish to transfer the sum of USD10,000,000.00 (TEN
Million United States Dollars only.)into your personal or company`s bank
account. This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded
by us for the supply of ammunitions,hard/soft wares,phamaceauticals/medical
items,light and heavy duty vehicles, apperals and other administrative
logistics etc for the ECOMOG in Sierria-Leone and Liberia during the Peace
This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected with all the
attendant lope holes sealed off.As the Chairman of CAC,I have the
cooperation 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 during the crisis. 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
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 of our
choice.We intend to pay out this fund NOW as the organisation is winding up
its activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the countries and the
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 30% of
the entire sum as compensation, 65% 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 cooperation.You should provide
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
WITH TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
Upon the receipt of this informations,the documents and approval with the
texts will be sent to you for confirmaton and then forwarded to the
organisation for ratification and subsequent payment.
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 lead a honourable
business life afterwards.There are no risks involved.