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Fraud email example:
From: "MR. WARREN JACK"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 15:44:09 -0700
Subject: PART PAYMENT ARREARS
FROM: MR.WARREN JACK.
WIRE TRANSFER DEPARTMENT.
PART PAYMENT ARREARS TOTALLING US$3.4 MILLION
Note: This e-mail may contain PRIVILEGED and CONFIDENTIAL information
and is intended only for the use of the specific individual(s) to which it
is addressed. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, you are
hereby notified that any unauthorized use, dissemination or copying of
this e-mail or the information contained in it or attached to it is strictly
prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete it
and immediately notify the person named above by reply e-mail.Thank
We are pleased to inform you that we have negotiated instruction
with our correspondent Bank Oceanic Bank of Nigeria Plc. (OBN) to draw
US$3.4 million, which represent part payment of your contract fund from their
account with us and credit in your favor in settlement of a
contractinvolving the Nigeria government. The transfer is
revocable,indivisible and non-transferable.
This transaction has been secured with personal identification
computerized sealed Numbers, Contract Accreditation Pin No, Transfer
Access Code (Tag) and anti terrorist clearance certificate to enable us
identify the bonfire beneficiary and to avoid diversion of the fund to
Please contact the Director, Foreign Operations Oceanic Bank of Nigeria
Plc( OBN) Attn: Rev Peter Moses, on his telephone number: 2348036277521
or Email: (email@example.com ) with your Telephone, fax number and
Bank details to enable them release your fund to your nominated bank account
without any further delay. If we do not receive your information for
re-confirmation from you within 7 days from date of this email the
transfer will be null and void as we have many contractors to pay.
Be it known to you that your fund will be transferred into your
nominated bank accountant within five working days of receiving your required
information.you are advised to act fast regarding to this subject atter
as we have a limited time to conclude all payment in this first quarter of
the year 2009
For further enquiry you can contact this bank with the above telephone
number. We most sincerely sorry forever inconvenience as occasion in
WIRE TRANSFER PROCESSING DIV.