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From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Thomas=20Ella?= <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 22:52:51 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: DR THOMAS ELLA
¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a: firstname.lastname@example.org
DR THOMAS ELLA
21 VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the information
Gathered from the Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the
privilege to request your assistance to transfer the sum of (45,500.000.00)
FORTY-FIVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS, into
The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed,
Commissioned and paid for about three years (3) ago by a foreign contractor.
This action was however intentional and since then the fund has been in
a suspense account at The Central Bank Of Nigeria Apex Bank. We are now
ready to transfer the fund overseas and that is where you come in. It
is important to inform you that as civil servants, we are forbidden to
operate a foreign account; that is why we require your assistance.
The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for us, 35% for you and 5%
for local and international expenses incidental to the transfer.
The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an accountant with the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
If you find this proposal acceptable, we shall require the following
(1) Your banker name and address
(2) Your private telephone and fax numbers for confidentiality and easy
(3) Your full name and address.
Alternatively we will furnish you with an application form which you
will file and apply directly to the Central Bank of Nigeria, where this
money was deposited, along with a breakdown explaining, comprehensively
what we require of you. With the full assurances this business will
only take us upto (14) working days to accomplish.
Await your urgent response.
Dr. Thomas Ella
- Thomas Ella