The scam message below uses a common strategy: “Senator Saraki” apologizes for failing to deliver your payments on time (this is to get you on his side). Then he asks you to contact him to finalize the details. If you make the mistake of replying to the (phony) senator, you’ll discover you still have to send him some “transfer fees” or “bank taxes” or some such thing before the (non-existent) fortune can be delivered to you. If you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammer will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.
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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2015
Subject: Re: Hello.
From: “Senator Olubukola A. Saraki” email@example.com
We Apologies for the delay of your payment, the Inconveniences and Inflict that the delay might have indulge you through as you have not received your funds up till now. Please get back to me for more details on receiving your funds, reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your phone number in your reply.
Senator Olubukola A. Saraki
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