This is a classic example of a Nigerian email scam — a so-called “4-1-9” scam. (Read more about Nigerian 4-1-9 email scams.) The scammer says there is a bank card ready to be delivered to you, and it will have a fortune charged up on it! Unfortunately, if you make the mistake of replying, you’ll find you have to send “transit fees” or “bank taxes” before your card can be released, and then if you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammer will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.
From: “Mr. Godwin Emefiele.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: SUBJECT: Immediate Release of Your FUND Via ATM CARD
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Zaria Street, Off Samuel Akintola Street,
Garki 11, Garki-Abuja.
Our Ref: FGN/CBN/NIG/06/2015.
From The Desk Of
Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
SUBJECT: Immediate Release of Your FUND Via ATM CARD
I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of USD$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) from CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward transfer to you via an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw all the USD$10,000,000.00 in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only
We have mandated IBTC CHARTERED BANK PLC, to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all your USD$10 Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only.
You are therefore advice to contact the Head of ATM CARD Department of IBTC CHARTERED BANK PLC;
Contact Person: Mr. Joseph Obi,
Office email address: email@example.com
Tell Mr. Joseph Obi, that you received a message from the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA. Instructing him to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw your USD$10 Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, also send him your direct phone number and contact address where you want him to send the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you.
We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
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