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Fraud email example:
From: "profcharlessoludo100" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 16:23:48 -0600
Subject: YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT($15.7 million)
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
ATTN: OUR HONORABLE CONTRACTOR.
YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT CONTRACT#:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.
Our records of outstanding contractors due for payment, with the federal government of Nigeria, Your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payments.I 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 contract payment is $15.7 million dollars (Fifteen million seven hundred thousand united states dollars).
Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your record and also 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.
As soon as this informations are received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft from central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it. You must call me on my direct number as soon as you receive this letter for a serious discussion with me and also get back to me at once.
PROF CHARLES SOLUDO.
Executive Governor, Central Bank Of Nigeria.(C.B.N)