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Fraud email example:
From: "unfundremittance1007 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:46:33 +0100
Subject: IRREVOCABLE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT
(WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMME)
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
870 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA 20-A
NEW YORK NY 10017
WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT U NIT
Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX027
IRREVOCABLE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT
We have been authorized by the presidency,Federal Republic of Nigeria and
the governing board of central bank of Nigeria to investigate the
unnecessary delay of your payment, Recommend and approve your claims for
payment if certified as genuine. During the course of our investigation, we
discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by
corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your money into their
private accounts, to forestall this,security for your funds Was organized in
the form of your personal Identification number (PIN) and your transfer
access code (T.A.C), this will enable only you only to have direct Control
over this fund,and it will be sent to you by cash to avoid any further
delay, we have also agreed with the Presidency that we will handle this
payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials
of the central bank of Nigeria.We obtained an irrevocable payment guarantee
on your Payment from the presidency we are happy to inform you that based on
our recommendation/instructions; your Entire Inheritances fund has been
credited in your favour through our overseas paying bank.You are therefore
adviced to send to contact REV. STEVEN YOUNG International Audit unit.
United Nations Liaison Office Abuja Nigeria on this
The Pin and transfer access code, its a form of identity which will be use
by the diplomat to confirm and identify you as soon as they arrive your
NOTE: YOU ARE ADVICED TO FURNISH REV. YOUNG WITH YOUR CORRECT CONTACT
ADDRESS AND A CARD OF IDENTIFICATION TO AVOID TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO A
WRONG PERSON.We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us
monitor this payment effectively..CONGRATULATIONS.
CAPT. JAMES C WILLIAMS
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK