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From: "femi olukoye" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 01:12:06 +0000
Subject: Urgent:Business Proposition, srtictly confidential.
>From the office of Eng: Femi Olukoye
Federal Ministry of works and housing
Federal secretariat office complex
Request for assistance: Strictly Confidential
I am Engr: Femi Olukoye, the director of works FMW&H Nigeria and chairman of
contract award and review committee set up by the federal government of
Nigeria under the present civilian dispensation to award new contracts and
review existing ones.
I came to know of you in my search for a reliable and reputable person to
handle a very confidential transaction,which involves the transfer of a huge
sum of money to a foreign account.
There were series of contracts executed by a consortium of multinationals in
the Works and Housing sector in favour of the Federal Ministry of Works and
Housing (FMW&H). The original value of these contracts were delibrately over
invoiced to the sum of USD$26,000,000.00 (twenty six million united state
dollars).This amount has now been approved and is now ready to be
transferred being that the companies that actually executed these contracts
have been fully paid and the projects officially commissioned.
Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount
to your account for subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are
prohibited by the code of conduct bureau (civil service law) from operating
and/or opening foreign accounts in our names. Needless to say, the trust
reposed on you at this is enormous, in return, we have agreed to offer you
20% of the transferred sum, while 10% shall be set aside for incidental
expenses (internal and external) between both parties in the course of the
transaction you will be mandated to remit the balance to other accounts in
Modalities have been worked out at the highest level of the ministry of
finance and the Central bank of Nigeria for the immediate transfer of the
funds within 14 working days subject to your satisfaction of the above
stated terms. Our assurance is that your role is risk free. To accord this
transaction the legality it deserves and for mutual security of the funds
the whole approval procedures will officially and legally processed with
your name or the name of any company you may nominate as the bonafide
Once more I want you to understand that having put in over twenty five years
in the civil service of my country, I am averse to having my image and
This matter should therefore be treated with utmost secrecy and urgency it
deserves. Please you should signify your intention to assist by you sending
me a mail through my confidential email address so that I can brief you
I want to assure you that this business proposal is 100% risk free as we
have done our home work properly. I quite believe that you will protect our
interest by taking this deal strictly confidential, as we are still in
government service,which we intend to retire from.
kindly expedite action as we are behind schedule to enable us include this
transfer in the first batch which would constitute the 2nd quarter payments
for the 2006 financial year.
Thanks and God bless.
Eng: Femi Olukoye.
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