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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: Charles Soludo <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 01:05:14 +0100
Subject: Iam Waiting For Your Reply
FROM DESK OF:PROF CHARLES SOLUDOEXCUTIVE GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
ATTN: HONOURABLE CONTRACTOR,
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT.CONTRACT #:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009
>From the 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 yet 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 US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
Kindly 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) Banking Information/address account number/ swift code
As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your nominated bank account directly from Central Bank of Nigeria.
Prof. Charles Soludo.Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN]
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