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From: "Alhaji Gambo Jimeta" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:42:28 +0000
Subject: YOUR EXTREMELY URGENT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED !!
BUSINESS PROPOSAL: TRANSFER OF US$15.6 M (FIFTEEN MILLION SIX HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) & BUSINESS INVESTMENTS PARTNERSHIP.
First,I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction,this is
by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret as you
were introduced to us in confidence through the Nigerian Chamber of
Commerce, Foreign Trade Division which provide databases of most current
listings of potential individuals and foreign investors business
contact,email addresses and other important information of countries
I am Alhaji Gambo Jimeta, the Secretary of the Federal government of Nigeria
Contract Award and Monitoring Committee (CAMC) of the Petroleum (Special)
Trust Development Fund (PTDF).
Sometime ago to be precise by late last year, several contracts were awarded
to a conglomerate of Foreign Companies by my committee on which i oversee on
behalf of PTF, the contracts sum were over-invoiced in all the contracts
awarded and amounted to the tune of US $15.6 Million in total.
This was done deliberately, as the over-invoicing was a deal by members of
my committee to benefit from the project as we intend securing the future of
our lives after retirement which is near having put in long service in
We now desire to transfer the money,which is presently lying in a suspense
of the PTDF in a Correspondent Bank of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
into an overseas account which we expect you to provide in assisting us.
We have unanimously agreed that the following funds will be shared thus
after it has been paid into your account;
a) 20% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the
b) 10% has been set aside as an abstract projection for reimbursement to
both parties for incidental expenses that may be incurred in the course of
c) 70% to us the government officials (which we wish to commence an
important business in conjunction with you as you will be spear heading our
own share of this funds to invest in any worthy investments in your country
or area of business when we come for sharing.
I Would Require viz:
a) Name and address of Company/ Beneficiary
b) Your personal fax and Telephone numbers .
The above information would be used to make formal applications as a matter
of procedure from the desiginitated Government paying
institutions/Government Ministries/Parastatals over here for the
release of the money and onward transfer to your nominated account.
It does not matter whether or not your company or you does contract projects
of this nature as described here, the assumption here is that you won a
major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies.As more often
than not, big trading companies or individuals of unrelated field win major
contracts and subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such
contracts and thus we are confident that with this fact in place ,the
transaction will be successfuly executed without any hitches whatsoever.
We have strong and reliable connections and strong contacts at the Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other desiginitated Government paying
institutions/Government Ministries/Parastatals who are available and ready
to work with us in this and we have no doubts at all that this money will be
released and transferred if we get the necessary foreign partners to assist
us in this deal.
Therefore,when this business is successfully concluded we shall through the
same connections withdraw all documents used in the execution of this
transaction from all the concerned government ministries invovled for 100%
We thus want this money to be transferred to the foreign account which you
are going to provide bearing in mind that our civil service code of conduct
forbids us from owning foreign company or running foreign account.
All expenses regarding the account opening if not already in existence shall
be borne by ou,though all expenses are however reimbursable as already
stated above on conclusion of business.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this mail by getting back to me in the
earliest possible time.However,this matter should therefore be treated with
utmost secrecy and urgency it deserves bearing in mind and knowing fully
well that we are still in active service in Government and have our
untarnisahble good records in government books to protect .
Please you should signify your intention to assist by you sending me a mail
through this box or through my confidential email box
(email@example.com) so that I can brief you further with the blue
print details of the masterplan carefully scrutinized and outlined for this
mutually beneficial transaction so as to give this transaction all the
legalities and security due it for the transfer of the funds.
I wait in anticipation of your co-operation.
Alhaji Gambo Jimeta.
N.B--You can also reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org