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Fraud email example:
From: "governorcbn200" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 10:49:34 -0600
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE, VICTORIA ISLAND,
[OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR]
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
ATTN: Esteemed Beneficiary,
IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF YOUR OUTSTANDING PAYMENT VIA ELECTRONIC WIRE TRANSFER WITHIN 72BANK WORKING HOURS
The Federal Republic of Nigeria Government determined interest to off set all overdue Foreign Contract Payment worth of (5 Billion USD), In accordance with the New Law of payment policy, as amended to expedite the immediate settlement of all outstanding debt owed by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Therefore I am obliged to inform you that from the records of outstanding beneficiary due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, your name/company name was discovered as next on the list of The outstanding fund beneficiary who have not received their payments.
I also wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding payment will be electronically wire transferred into your nominated bank account of your choice.
Please re-confirm to me the followings
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Complete Bank Account for the Bank Wire Transfer within 48hrs
As soon as this information are received, your payment will be made to you via Bank to bank (Electronic Transfer) from central bank of Nigeria direct into your nominated bank account and and a copy of the Transfer Confirmation Slip will be given faxed to you to confirm the fund with bank within the next 48hrs, And get back to me via telephone number 234-01-472113
Waiting for your urgent response, wishing you success in the year 2006
PROF CHARLES SOLUDO.
Central Bank Of Nigeria.(C.B.N)