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From: Dr Michael Ugo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:06:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: READ CAREFULLY AND REPLY
OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
CONTRACT AWARD COMMITTEE
LOME,REPUBLIC OF TOGO
THIS INFORMATION MAY BE CONFIDENTIAL OR PRIVILEGED INFORMATION. IF YOU ARE NOT THE ADDRESSEE OR AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE THIS FOR THE ADDRESSEE, YOU MUST NOT USE, COPY, DISCLOSE OR TAKE ANY ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE OR ANY INFORMATION HEREIN. IF YOU RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE IN ERROR, PLEASE REVERT BACK TO THE SENDER IMMEDIATELY.
ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD 14.5M
I am Dr. Michael Ugo,The Chairman, Contract Award Committee of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES(ECOWAS)with Headquarters here in Lome,Republic of Togo.
After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were satisfied and so I decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship.We wish to transfer the sum of USD14.500,000.00 (Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your personal or company`s bank account.
This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us for the supply of ammunitions,militaryhard/softwares,phamaceauticals/medical items,light and heavy duty vehicles,apperals and other administrative logistics etc for the ECOMOG(Economic Community Of West African States Peace Keeping Force) in war torn Sierria-Leone,Abidjan and Liberia during the Peace Keeping Projects.
This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected with all the attendant lope holes sealed off. As the Chairman of CAC,I have the co-operation and mandate of the Financial Director and the Secretary of the Organisation to conclude this deal.We arranged and over invoiced the contract funds supplied by different companies from different countries during the crisis period.
It was our consensus to seek the assistance of a willing foreigner to provide us with the facilities to transfer this money out of West Africa.This is borne out of our beleif in the non-stable and porous political nature of this sub-region.
The original contractors have been duely paid by the Banque Centrale Des Etats De L`Afrique De L`Ouest (Central Bank of the West African States)through our bankers-Societe Generale Banque.This balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign company of our choice.We intend to pay out this fund NOW as the organisation is winding up its activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the countries in the West Coast has been achieved.
Based on the laws and ethics of employment,we as civil servants working under this organisation,are not allowed to operate a foreign account.This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and for our future investment with your comprehensive advise,assistance and partnership in your country.
It is however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you 30% of the entire sum as compensation, 60% will be held on trust for us while 10% will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost during the course of the transaction.
This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14 days if you accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation.You should provide the followings;
YOUR NAME OR COMPANY`S NAME WITH COMPLETE ADDRESS,TEL AND FAX NUMBERS.(if available)
THE NAME OF YOUR BANK,ITS ADDRESS WITH TEL,FAX AND TELEX NUMBERS.
YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBER
THE COMPLETE MAILING ADRRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY WITH TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
Upon the receipt of this information,the documents and approvals with the texts will be sent to you for confirmaton and then forwarded to the organisation for ratification and subsequent payment.
As with the case of all organised (sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit your unreserved confidentiality and utmost secretcy in this business.
We hope to retire peacefully and lead a honourable business life afterwards.There are no risks involved.
E-MAIL ME UPON RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGES FOR MORE DETAILS
Dr Michael Ugo.
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