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Have you received an email from "James Odili", claiming "I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank Draft but did not heard from you since that time then I went and deposited the Draft with Apex Bank Plc here in Benin Republic, because I travelled to Japan to see my boss and will not come back till next month end. I have arranged with them to make your payment to you with their new ATM MASTER CARD" and Nigeria owes you money from a "contract/inheritance payment file", whatever that may be, and he will send you the money on an ATM card, if you contact "REV DR.MATHEW OKOH"? "James Odili" is a highly educated and highly ranking lawyer or government official who apparently can't spell and feels the odd need to randomly capitalize some WORDS (like that). If this doesn't immediately strike you as a scam, then allow us to point out the inconsistencies and how the scam works.
It's a mystery who the dead guy is or why he named you as a beneficiary or what the "contract" was, but you better reply pretty quickly or risk losing millions from the "contract/inheritance payment file". Also notice that the "lawyer" is writing to you from a free email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.); in fact, they typically use more than one different free email accounts.
Of course, even if what is presented in the email were true; you would be committing several felonies, including fraud.
Subject: CUSTOMER CARE ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT APEX BANK
Date January 23, 2008
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank Draft but did not heard from you since that time then I went and deposited the Draft with Apex Bank Plc here in Benin Republic, because I travelled to Japan to see my boss and will not come back till next month end. I have arranged with them to make your payment to you with their new ATM MASTER CARD which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around the globe. You have to contact the Apex Bank Plc with your full contact informations such as follows.
1. FULL NAME
2. ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD
3 PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION
However, Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your ATM CARD.
REV DR.MATHEW OKOH DIRECTOR,
ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT APEX BANK
I have paid for the delivery charges.Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your card before your draft gets Expired . Let me know as soon as you receive your Card.
Thanks and God Bless
MR. JAMES ODILI.