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Fraud email example:
From: BARCLAYS BANK PLC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 14:25:01 +0000
Subject: REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF
BARCLAYS BANK PLC.
CLAPHAM JUNCTION BRANCH,
7 ST JOHNS HILL,
SW 11 1 TN, LONDON
REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF (US$28,500,000.00)
After due vetting and evaluation of your Inheritance file which The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in conjunction with the Ministry Of Finance Of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Forwarded and contracted us to see to your immediate payment of the sum of USD28,500,00 from their Offshore Account with us.
We were meant to understand from our findings that you have been going through hard ways by paying alot of charges to see to the release of your fund (UD$28,500,000,00) , which has been delayed. Which has been the handiwork of some miscreant elements from Nigeria
The only thing required from you is to obtain Non-Resident Clearance Form/Receipt which we are not asking you to pay the fee to us here in United Kingdom as the Government of Nigeria have paid us for handling/processing of your payment with other customers.
We will help you to see that you obtain the form so that our bank will effect immediate transfer of your Inheritance sum (US$28,500,000,00) into your designated bank account.
Should you follow up our directives, your fund will reflect in your account within five Bank working days from the day you obtain this form. Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want your fund.
Finally, you are advice to forward to this bank your receiving Account. Where you want this fund to be remitted.
Mr. John Rob
Head, Private Banking Section.
Barclays Bank Plc. London