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From: =?gb2312?q?Madu=20Williams?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 20:30:42 +0800 (CST)
Subject: VERY IMPORTANT AND URGENT
VERY IMPORTANT AND URGENT
I know this mail will come to you as a surprise being aware that we have not met or had any business transactions in the past that will warrant my writing you .
My name is barrister Williams C. Madu, I am a senior advocate of the supreme court of Nigeria (SAN). I am the legal representative to one of the Directors in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on receiving this mail,i would like you to take the content seriously and treat as confidential.
You may not be aware that in the recent past, the federal government of Nigeria through the central bank of Nigeria ordered all the operating banks in Nigeria to re-capitalise their shareholders base to the tune of Twenty five billion Naira (#25 billion) or have their licences withdrawn from them. This ultimatum elasped on the 31st day of december 2005.After the deadline,out of the 89 banks in Nigeria, it was only 25 of them that were able to make it either through merger acquisition or public offers.
The reason for my writing you is that the ceo/major shareholder of one of the failed banks whose name I have decided to keep secret in collaboration with the director in charge of re-capitalisation in the central bank of Nigeria whom I am representing have decided to transfer into a foreign account the sum of $50 million dollars for their personal use from the account of the failed bank.
The basic information that you must know in this transaction is that:
1). We intend to present you or your company as a front to prepare the necessary approvals needed for the sucessful transfer of the funds.
2). The necessary financial odligations that will affect the transaction will be taken care of here with the bank, the only thing you will be required to do, is to receive the funds which we shall inform you of the proceedure once you have indicated your willingness to be part of this transaction.
If you are willing to be part of this transaction, kindly get in touch with me through my private telephone number as shown above or the stated email for more details.
Barr. Williams C. Madu.
plot 26 asso.Avenue
- Madu Williams