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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Rebecca Asuquo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 15:40:44 +0100
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
>From MRS ADAM SMITH..
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT CONTRACT NO:
ATTN: CERTIFIED BENEFICIARY
I am MRS ADAM SMITH. I have been working in the Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN) as the confidential Secretary to the Governor since 1998. I worked
under Chief Joseph Sanusi and at present working with Prof. Charles Soludo.
I came to know you because as the secretary, I type most of the letters you
have been receiving from both the old and the new CBN Governor. It is
therefore out of pity that I have decided to reveal this long secret to you.
This is a New Year and I have decided to make it one of my New Year
resolutions. It is a risk on my part but I must take it and damn the
The secret is the actual reason why you have not received your over-due
contract fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria. I trust that you will treat
this matter with absolute maturity to prevent me from being harmed or
victimized. There is a grand conspiracy by a group of officials from the
top echelon of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Presidency and other
Ministries against you. Their primary aim is to frustrate you and divert
your fund to an account they opened in the name of their foreign
collaborator known as MR JOHN KATIKA IN THAILAND. This account is a special
coded account that cannot be easily traced. The name of the Bank is
THAILAND Commercial Bank, THAILAND Branch.
They have succeeded in diverting funds belonging to one Mr. DANIEL HUNT of
the USA and Mr. Toshiaki Furuta of Japan. MR JOHN KATIKA confirmed the
funds in the coded account just today dated 30TH JUNE, 2006. There was a
great jubilation while I was weeping for these contractors whose funds were
diverted. This is the reason why I am contacting you because I would not
like you to experience the same loss. You may not understand their tactics
First, they get you confused by using different names and offices with
different telephone numbers. By this, you can no long tell who is who as
more than one person can claim to be the CBN Governor, Director,
International Remittance Department, etc. This criminal group also demands
endless fees and charges from contractors in order to frustrate them to
abandon their funds thinking that it will never come. The President of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria has mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria to
release your fund this second quarter. This is the reason why I am
contacting you because the same group has already started their evil plans
and if they succeed your fund will be gone and gone forever
Now, for you not to be a victim of this ugly fraud, you are advised to
contact the official directly in charge of foreign payments DR. OBADIAH
MAILAFIA who is the Deputy Governor - Economic Policy / Board Member and be
rest assured that your problems are over. He is not part of the conspiracy
and does not partake of such evil. Do not be carried away by the names they
bear and position they claim. . Try and contact DR. OBADIAH MAILAFIA thus:
TEL: 234-1-7906658 E-MAIL: email@example.com and contact him
by giving your full names, address, telephone, fax, contract sum or
inheritance sum, and your bank details. You will experience a great change
in your quest for your fund release.
Till I hear from you, keep me posted once you contact DR. OBADIAH MAILAFIA
MRS ADAM SMITH
CONFIDENTIAL SECRETARY TO CBN GOVERNOR
PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO.
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