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Fraud email example:
From: "REV. WILSON P KLERK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 07:21:39 +0000
Subject: IRREVOCABLE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT
UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK
WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMME
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
10017WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT UNIT
Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX02x79
ATTN: BENEFICIARY ,
IRREVOCABLE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT
We have actually been authorized by the World Bank and international monetary fund (IMF), to investigate the unnecessary delay of your payment,Recommendation and approval of your claims for payment is 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 Fund 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 have direct Control over this fund.
We have also agreed with the World Bank and international monetary fund (IMF) that, we will handle this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by these corrupt Officials.
We have obtained an irrevocable payment guarantee on your Payment, from the World Bank and international monetary Funds (IMF).We are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/instructions; your Entire contract fund/inheritance claim has been credited in your favor through our paying bank.
You are therefore advice to contact: MR TONY WOOD,of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP the (un)payiny bank Liaison Office in Nigeria lagos EMAIL:email@example.com, TELL +2348074938857 to collect your original payment slip with your pin and transfer access code. As soon as you submit these codes and your payment slip to your bank, they will credit your account without delay.
NOTE: YOU ARE ADVICED TO RE COMFIRM YOUR INFOMATIONS TO AVOID TRANSFER OF THIS FUND INTO A WRONG ACCOUNT.CONGRATULATIONS.
REV. WILSON P KLERK
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK.