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From: DR.KARIM AJAYI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 13:37:16 +0200
Subject: RELIABLE NEEDED
Chairman Contract's Review Committe
Date 11th of OCTOBER, 2005
This is to invite you to freely participate in a business venture on behalf of my partners and I.We need you to act as the beneficiary of a contract sum worth $18.5M in the Ministry of Works & Housing, Nigeria.
My colleagues and I are senior officials of the Federal Government of Nigeria`s Contracts Review Panel set up by the government of Nigeria to reconcile all bonifide contract executed by foreign companies here in Nigeria. I will appreciate if you can visit this web page p://www.nopa.net/Press_Release/messages/24.shtml in order to have a good understanding of this transaction. In the course of our duty, we came across the sum of $18.5m in the escrow account of the Ministry of Finance, an accrued debt payable to a yet un-identified contractor since 2003. On thorough examination,it was discovered that the $18.5M was a debt brilliantly created by the former Director General in favour of a company that she was about to incorporate locally here with the help of a foreign partner. Immediately this was discovered by us, we then consulted the former DG and, eventually struck an agreement with her.The masterplan she created remains the same.The plan is to make you the chief beneficiary to the $18.5M by way of advancing you/your company as the real contractor to whom the sum is owed by the Ministry for a project executed between 2003/2004.As a matter of fact,all the modalities required to acheive this goal has already been perfected. The overall plan is 100% foolproof and will be carried out legally in every aspect of the law.
However, by virtue of our positions as civil servants and members of this panel,we cannot acquire these funds in our names or in the names of companies that are based in Nigeria. I have therefore been mandated, as a matter of trust by my colleagues in the panel, to look for a reliable overseas partner into whose account we can transfer the sum.
We wish to invest our share of the proceeds of this project in foreign stock markets and other business till we are ready and able to have access to them.Please note that this transaction is 100% safe and risk-free. We intend to effect the transfer within a few days from the date of receipt of the following information:
1. Your name, company`s name
2. Your contact Address
3. Your private telephone and fax numbers.
The above information will enable us write letters of claim and job description respectively. This way, we will use your company`s name to apply for the payment and backdate the award of the contract to your company. We are looking forward to doing this transaction with you and we solicite for your utmost confidentiality in this transaction. Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter and, I will bring you into a more detailed picture of this transaction when I hear from you. I advise that you indicate in your response the percentage that, you will accept for this disposition so that, I can discuss this with my other colleagues.