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Fraud email example:
From: "ACCOUNTANT GENERAL UBA BANK PLC"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:37:59 -0500
Subject: SWIFT PAYMENT CENTRE (UBA BANK)
Dear Sir/Madam ,
This is to officially inform you that we have
verified your Contract/Inheritance file presently
on our desk. We found out that you have not
fulfilled the obligations giving to you in respect
to your contract payment.
Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing
with some non-officials in the bank as this is an
illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to
receive your payment immediately.
After the Board of director's meeting held in
Abuja,we have resolved in finding a solution to
your problem. We have arranged your payment through
our SWIFT PAYMENT CENTRE (UBA BANK).
This is part of an instruction/mandate passed by
the Senate inrespect to overseas contract payment
and debt re-scheduling. You will be provided with
access to an online account in which your funds,
Five million Unites States Dollars($5,000,000.00);
will be deposited.
As soon as you have been provided with the online
account details, you can login to the banks website
and then transfer your funds to your designated
bank account. If you like to receive your fund this
Kindly reconfirm your
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Full residential address:
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
We shall be expecting to receive your information
as you have to stop any further communication with
anybody or office aside ours.
NOTE : YOU ARE TO SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO THE E-MAIL
Thank you for your co-operation.
Mrs Jane Stevens.
Contact Email: email@example.com
CC: CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
CC: SENATE PRESIDENT
CC: ALL FOREIGN PAYMENT OFFICES
CC: BOARD OF DIRECTORS [CBN]
CC: ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION