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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: "CBN ATM" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 06:01:47 -0700
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT VIA HSBC-VISA ATM DEBIT CARD
Central Bank of Nigeria
Tinubu Square, Victoria Island,
Lagos - Nigeria
Office of the Deputy Governor
from the Desk of:
ALHAJI. MUSA USMAN
YOUR PAYMENT VIA HSBC-VISA ATM DEBIT CARD.
This is to inform you about your email success in our computer balloting
held on 1st Feb 2008. It was an internet draw by the combination of the
International Monetary funds (IMF) and the Microsoft words. However, your
email address was approved as one of the winners hence you are being
contacted. This is a Millennium Scientific and a promotional program aimed
at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to
enter for it.
As a matter of fact, account normalization of your banking details has been
delayed by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Financial Services
Authority (UK). This has made it necessary for your payment to be programmed
into HSBC Visa Atm Debit Card. The total fund in question is $8,300,000.00
this is the first part of the Payment of which the balance will subsequently
be paid into same account.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), working in relationship with HSBC London
and also Leeds Bank in London has concluded to issue you a VISA CARD with
which you can access your Star prize /beneficiary amount$8,300,000.000 This
card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your
money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Twenty
Thousand United States Dollars ($20,000.00) per day. So if you like to
receive your fund in this way, please let us know by contacting the ATM
payment department and also send the following information as listed below:
1. Full name and full country name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address where you want them to send the ATM card to (P.O box is not
4. Your age and current occupation.
You are advice to contact the director of ATM CARD payment officer for more
Rev.Steven Jones, Director, ATM payment department
The ATM card payment center was mandated to issue out $8,300,000.00 as part
payment for this fiscal year 2008 to you so bear with us. Also for your
information, you have to stop any further communication with any other
person(S) or office(S) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct,
which is (ATM-811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the
card center by using it as your subject.
We anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately.
ALHAJI. MUSA USMAN
ASSISTANT DEPUTY GOVERNOR [CBN