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Fraud email example:
From: verification unit <email@example.com>
Reply-To: verification unit <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 22:45:43 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: ATTN: THIS IS THE THIRD AND FINAL MESSAGE FROM INLAND REVENUE
ATTN: THIS IS THE THIRD AND FINAL MESSAGE FROM INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT.
INLAND REVENUE/FUNDS DEPARTMENT
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT
(RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR INHERITANCE FUND VIA ATM SWIFT CARD.
CONTACT: MR. JAMES WANG
We received an email from a Lady called (Ms. Julie Anderson) stated that she is your younger sister, she told our office that you have given her permission to claim ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD valued at USD1,500,000,00 Dollars as part payment of your total sum and also do confirm the original Contract/Inheritance claim fund to enable us update our file, this fund was program due to the Inland Committee on resolution to pay all Foreign Contract/Inheritance claim fund still in our custody.
Since we have not heard from you regarding the claim despite losing your information you have submitted for this claim. In this vein, you are urgently requested to re-send your required information below to our office immediately on receipt of this mail for a safe and hitch free delivery of your ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD which has been approved by the Senate committee via Citibank of London to be paid and delivered to you, Now she have contacted us that she will pay the balance left for the delivery of the ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD to her via a competent courier delivery service but we are not satisfied with the information presented for the delivery.
Below is the information she has submitted for the delivery of the ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD of USD1, 500,000.00 Dollars.
Name: Ms. Julie Anderson
Current Address: 1019 8th Avenue North, Washington 98109
United States of America
We would like to know and to confirm if you are the one that gave her the power of claim, if yes, kindly provide a letter of authorization authorizing to our Bank to release the ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD of USD1, 500,000.00 Dollars ATM Card to her, if no? you are to quickly inform this office to avoid wrongful delivery and also make your readiness to make expedite action on the quick delivery of your ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD to you without wasting much time to avoid this kind of re-occurrences with information stated below in other for us to deliver your ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD of USD1, 500,000.00 to your mailing address within 48 hours as follows.
(4) Your Occupation/Position
CONTACT CITIBANK INTEGRATED PAYMENT DEPARTMENT WITH THE DETAILS BELOW:
Contact Name: Mr. James Wang
This information is to be made available immediately so that your ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD can be issued under the provided name and also delivered to the provided address. You will be sent a copy of the international ATM INTER SWITCH MASTER CARD by email attachment as soon as it is issued and also before it is dispatched.
NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (ATM-1014) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT.
You should henceforth STOP further dealings with any group of person's who pose themselves as people in charge of your FUNDS be warned to avoid delay in receiving your payment.
(CHAIRMAN COMMITTE ON FOREIGN CONTRACT/AWARD WINING PAYMENT UNITED NATION/INLAND REVENUE OF LONDON)