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Example of Email Scam Promising Money from Overseas

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Summarize the Sweepstakes Scam

Emails promising money from overseas (select country of choice). These are occurring more and more, to the point of filling my email to the limit almost daily.

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FROM THE DESK OF MALLAM SANUSI LAMIDO AMINU SANUSI

GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).

GARIKI ABUJA.

DIRECT TEL. : +234-8020933903

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT CONTRACT PAYMENT WORTH OF US$50.5MILLION WITH

CONTRACT NUMBER #:MAV/FGN/MIN/2005.

ATTENTION: HONOURABLE CONTRACTOR

Sir/Madam,

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal government of Nigeria, your name was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payment.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from the record in my file your outstanding contract payment is US$50.5 Million Dollars (Fifty Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only.

I am aware that you did not execute any contract with Nigeria Government, but based on my position as the CBN Governor I was able to include your name in the list of outstanding contractors who have not received their due payment.

In view of this development I seek your assistance to receive the said fund into your account because it is 100 per cent risk free both now and in future. More importantly, the sharing method will be 50-50

Please if this is ok by you, then confirm to me the following:

1) Your full name and address:

2) Phone, fax and mobile #.

3) Company's name, position and address.

4) Profession, age and marital status.

5) Your banking coordinates.

As soon as this information is received, the payment will be made to you by Swift Wire Transfer OR Certified Bank Draft by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Call me on my direct number as soon as you receive this letter for more details.

Regards,

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi

Governor, (CBN).

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  • Have no contact with this or any thing like this.

Sandra Grauschopf, About.com Contests & Sweepstakes, says:

While this isn't technically a sweepstakes scam, many of the Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams apply. Asking for payment by wire transfer before receiving funds, asking for bank account information, and the high number of typos and strange grammar in the email are all tip-offs that this is a scam.
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