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Scam Email received June 16, 2018 from racine.kane@adbank.org

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WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY. – racine.kane@adbank.org

ATTENTION BENEFICIARY, I humbly wish to inform you that the Department of Credit & Telex control of the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENTAL BANK (A.D. B) has received an instruction Order to effect the wire transferring of your approved fund of US$10,850,000.00 MILLION to you immediately. I therefore request you to urgently re-confirm the HSBC BANK A/C.number stated below as your receiving Bank information, since this account was submitted by your lawyer Barrister Godson Gabriel of (GODSON & CO. LAW CHAMBERS) for the payment. Bank: HSBC HONGKONG BRANCH Address: Paterson Street, HSBC Premier Centre Shops G03-04.G/F Hang Lung Centre 2-20 Paterson Street Cause way Bay, Hong Kong Account number: 627 826464-001 Account name: Bob Andria SWIFT code: HSBCKHKHH However, it is our principle to initiate direct contact with the beneficiary of fund before final crediting of such fund. Therefore, I am personally contacting you directly in order to seek your approval to remit into the above account. In the meantime, the process of programming and registering of your transfer payment status code that will enable a hitch free wire transferring of your fund into your account within 72 hours is in progress and I will be willing to assist you believing that you will in turn show some appreciation to me. Note, I can successfully achieve this transfer within the shortest time from now if only you can offer your maximum cooperation to instruction and requirements, therefore your day to day correspondence is practically important. Get back to me quickly. Respectfully! MR. RACINE KANE Deputy Director General for the Central, Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office. racine.kane@adbank.org

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