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Fraud email example:
From: "mr fraci brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 06:29:38 +0200
Subject: RE: URGENT BUSINESS
*THIS INFORMATION IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE PERSON OR ENTITY TO WHICH IT IS
ADDRESSED AND MAY CONTAIN CONFIDENTIAL AND/OR PRIVILEGED MATERIAL. ANY
REVIEW, RETRANSMISSION, DISSEMINATION, OR OTHER USE OF OR TAKING OF ANY
ACTION IN RELIANCE UPON THIS INFORMATION BY PERSONS OR ENTITIES OTHER THAN
THE INTENDED RECIPIENT IS PROHIBITED. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS IN ERROR,
PLEASE DELETE THE COPY.*
*From: Mr. Fraci Brown
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
*It is with trust and confidence that I make this urgent and important
business proposal to you. I am senior accountant with the Nigerian national
petroleum corporation (NNPC) here in Lagos. I have been assigned by my
colleagues to seek a foreign partner in the transfer of the sum of
US$7,500.000 (Seven Million Five Hundred United States Dollars) only. This
money arose from a deliberate over - invoicing of a contract awarded by our
corporation in 2006.
We have been safeguarding this money since then, awaiting an appropriate
time when the money can be transferred into a foreign nominated bank,
pending our arrival for the sharing and utilization with the owner of the
account. Now the new civilian government of president Umar Musa Yar'adua has
ordered that all debts owed foreign contractors by the government be paid
immediately, on the strength of this order, we wish to take advantage of it
to present you or your company as one of the contractors owed by the federal
Meanwhile, we have agreed that the money will be shared thus: 60% will be
for us (my colleagues and I), 35% will be for you for collaborating and
providing the necessary assistance while the remaining 5% has been mapped
out for any incidental expenses that might be incurred in the course of this
Note, that the nature of your company's business is irrelevant to this
transaction as all arrangements have been concluded for a successful and
hitch- free transaction. Note that this money is still in suspense account
of my corporation (NNPC) with Central Bank of Nigeria. You are required to
forward the following information if you accept to assist :
(1) Your full name.
(2) your company name and address
(3) your phone and fax numbers
(4) your bank name and address ,phone and fax numbers
(5) your account number and account name/beneficiary
we have taken measures to ensure that this is executed in a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. We have
estimated that this transaction will be concluded within 14 working days on
receipt of the above information.
Contact me immediately through my private email:. **
email@example.com* <firstname.lastname@example.org>* signifying
your interest in this business. This information is highly confidential and
urgent. Further detail will be communicated to you as soon as I receive
your acceptance response.
*Mr. Fraci Brown.