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Fraud email example:
From: "Aliyu Mohammed" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:49:43 +0100
Subject: GET BACK TO ME AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE
OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
TO THE PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
GET BACK TO ME AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE
I am Lt. Gen.ALIYU MOHAMMED, Former National Security Adviser to
Olusegun Obasanjo Federal Republic of Nigeria. I decided to contact you
because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the
intense nature of policy in Nigeria.
This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash
delivery. This system will be easier for you and for us. We are going
to send your contract part payment of US$10. Million to you via
diplomatic courier service. I have secured every needed document to
cover the money.
Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are
sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was
brought to us from America; it was meant for our Local AFEM market.
But since the money was not used, I will use my position as the
National Security Adviser to the President to send this fund to you.
Please you don't have to worry for any thing I will finance the
The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the
boxes to your house address. All you need to do now Is to send to me
your full house address and your identity such as, international
passport or driver license including your contact phone numbers, The
Diplomatic attached will travel with it. He will call you immediately
he arrives your country's airport. I hope you understand me.
I will let you know by the
special Grace of God when i will airlift the boxes.
Note: The diplomatic does not know the original contents of the boxes.
What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film
Material. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and
ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok,i will let you
know how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the
Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the
it stand as a diplomatic consignment.
This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the
world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the
requirements to me immediately you receive this message.If you need
more information about this, i will give you the contact of the
diplomatic agents for more information on how to carry out the plan.
Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to leave as
soon as we hear from you. Reply me immediately you receive this
message via my private e-mail
Lt. Gen.ALIYU MOHAMMED
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria