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Fraud email example:
From: "DR STEVE LAR" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 17:46:25 +0530 (IST)
Subject: YOUR OVERDUE PAYMENT /Ref:CBN/OHG/00X09/
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY IN CONJUCTION WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL BOARD OF
TRUSTEE ON FOREIGN CONTRACTS PAYMENT ABUJA.
FROM DESK OF: STEVE LAR (DIRECTOR GENERAL DEBT MANAGEMENT OFFICE.
On behalf: PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (GCFR).
STOP ORDER FROM THE PRESIDENCY:
This is to bring to your notice about the due process of your Outstanding
Contractual payment, which was suspended by the Central Bank of Nigeria
There by stopping the telex unit to pause the transfer of your contract
fund to your nominated bank account.
As a result of this development verification conducted by the Finance
Ministry in conjunction with the Debt Verification Panel on your contract
Case file has been endorsed for payment awaiting your confirmations.
In view of several efforts already made by us to contact you for the
following reasons based on the new account submitted to this office on
(1) My Office desks have just received a sworn affidavit from to re-route
your payment into a new bank account number as stated: VACAP Federal
Credit Union, 1700 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, VA 23220.Account number
32501.of Mr. RAINER HESSE.
The sum of US$25.5m USD. (Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars Only)
(2) Please, confirm to our department if you have instructed Mr. RAINER
HESSE to appoint an attorney/agent on your behalf thereby asking that
receive cash call remittance on your behalf.
(3) It has come to our notice that you are being contacted by unauthorized
Individuals with respect to your contract payment but unfortunately this
office is not aware of your unofficial dealings and warned that it is
your own risk.
(4) Please, also confirm if you have authorized Mr. RAINER HESSE to change
your banking particulars to the following particulars stated below:
VACAP Federal Credit Union, 1700 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, VA 23220.
Account number 3250163 also re-confirm your Contract Number, Contract
Private Telephone and Fax number, your e-mail address, Office or home
address so that we can crosscheck it with our file records.
We have decided to contact you for re-verification because we suspected
that Mr. RAINER HESSE is trying to divert your money through the sworn
affidavit into a new different bank account. You are advised to call
email back upon the receipt of this mail to enable me advice you on how
go about this matter.
DR.STEVE LAR (DIRECTOR GENERAL DEBT MANAGEMENT OFFICE),
Drector General Debt Payment Office of The federation.
On behalf: PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (GCFR)
This communiqué is from the PRESIDENTIAL BOARD OF TRUSTEE ON CONTRACT
PAYMENT upon the advice of the Presidential adviser on Contract are
Advised to adhere strictly to directive. Any fund beneficiary who
Instruction will be doing so at his own risk and should not blame the
Federal Government Of Nigeria for non-payment of their contract
Funds. Website: http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/