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Have you received an email from a Nigerian government official, "Mr.Chizoba Chinweike" at "FOREIGN DEBT PAYMENT OFFICE", claiming that he has a "release of your fund" to send you?
Odd, that you have no recollection of this debt, don't you think? And since when does a Nigerian official write to U.S. citizens... from a free SIFY.com account!
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but there is no Nigerian Government Fairy who is going to email you to say they owe you millions! It is a scam!
See the example below, an actual email from the scammer, sent to a victim.
The scammer intends to to get hold of your money instead, by conning you into sending money for various "fees" to free the "funds in escrow". If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here! Note some of the obvious scam clues that we have highlighted in the email below, such as excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, terrible spelling, grammar and punctuation, the use of free email accounts rather than a domain and website that matches the company's name, etc.
From: Mr.Chizoba Chinweike.
Date: 4/21/2008 6:01:04 PM
Subject: FOREIGN DEBT PAYMENT OFFICE
FOREIGN DEBT PAYMENT OFFICE
Our Ref: LBB/IRD/CBX/021/08
Rev Mr.Chizoba Chinweike.
Assistant Executive Director,
FOREIGN DEBT PAYMENT OFFICE.
After a brief meeting headed by the Board of Directors of the newly elected government of Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (GCFR) President FederalRepublic of Nigeria and the new Honorable ministers of finance including the Board of Directors of United Nation Representative here in Nigeria to see to the release of long terms debt owned in this country to foreigners whom has been one way or the other denied of their Fund payment,Our paying Bank has been set apart for this urgent release of all fund owned by any of the financial institute of this country, the release of your fund will be handled by the united nation representative here in Nigeria for immediate release of your fund to avoid delay,So From the records of outstanding Fund due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria,your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding Fund owners who have not yet received their payments.
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 Fund payment is(RECORDED) Kindly re-confirm the followings information to me through my private Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, and Mobile #.
3) Company Name, Position and Address.
4) Profession, Age and Marital Status.
As soon as this information is received by him, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your nominated bank account directly from our paying Bank.
Note that while the united nation body is involved to handle this payment is to keep a clean state of debt that has been owned by the Republic of Nigeria because of some government officials and individual who has tried to transfer your fund to you but failed for not being honesty,You are hereby advise to stop any further communication and comply to this to avoid any further mistakes,Remember that the federal government of Nigeria will not be interested in your story of not receiving your fund if you fail to abide to this instruction.
Rev Mr.Chizoba Chinweike.
Assistant Executive Director,Board of Directors