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From: "HONOURABLE MINISTER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 00:37:36 -0800
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION
Hon. Dr. OLU ADENIJI
Minister, Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Profile page: http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/ministries/foreignminister.htm
Re: PAYMENT SOLUTION,
I am Hon. Dr. OLU ADENIJI, Minister Foreign Affairs Ministry; my
office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial
institutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign contract payments. I am the
signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within
banks both on the local and international levels in line to foreign
I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some
nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as
ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc. I write to
present you to the federal government that you are among the people
the funds to be transferred into their account, on this note; I wish to
have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid certified contract funds. I
every files before me and the data's will be to change to your name to
enable you receive the fund into your nominated bank account as the
of the fund's amount $20 Million U.S.D.
As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to
the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed
deposits, I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions i
2 days ago from the Senate Committee on Contract Payments /Foreign Debts
to submit the List of payment reports / expenditures and audited reports
of revenues. Among several others, I have decided to remit this sum
following my idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do
1. You will give me 35% of your contract funds as soon as you confirm
it in your designated bank account..
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will
be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problem associated with
your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.
If you AGREE with my conditions, l advise you on what to do
immediately and the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed
to fix your
name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate. I
hope you don't reject this offer and have the funds transferred. Waiting
for your reply soon.
HON. Dr. OLU ADENIJI
FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER.
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