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From: "Mrs Jane Stevens."<email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 15:33:49 -0400
Subject: CONTACT MRS JANE STEVEN FOR YOUR UNCLAIMED FUND.!!
Dear Sir/Madam ,This is to officially inform you that we have verified your Contract/Inheritance filepresently on our desk. We found out that you have not fulfilled the obligations giving toyou in respect to your contract payment.Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank asthis is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your paymentimmediately.After the Board of director's meeting held in Abuja,we have resolved in finding asolution 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 overseascontract payment and debt re-scheduling. You will be provided with access to an onlineaccount in which your funds, Five million Unites States Dollars($5,000,000.00); will bedeposited.As soon as you have been provided with the online account details, you can login to thebanks website and then transfer your funds to your designated bank account. If you liketo receive your fund this way,Kindly reconfirm your(1) Your Full Name:(2) Full residential address:(3) Phone And Fax Number:(4) Age:(5) Occupation:We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any furthercommunication with anybody or office aside ours.NOTE : YOU ARE TO SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO THE E-MAIL ADDRESS BELOW,Thank you for your co-operation.BEST REGARDS,Mrs Jane Stevens.Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org+(234)-806-615-4068CC: CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIACC: SENATE PRESIDENTCC: ALL FOREIGN PAYMENT OFFICESCC: BOARD OF DIRECTORS [CBN]CC: ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION