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From: "PAYMENT OFFICE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 06:31:08 -0800
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION IS READY!!!
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
THE PRESIDENCY APPROVED
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
[OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR]
CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009,
Swift Code: BPH KPL PK ,
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/07
Date: November 14th, 2007
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009
Attn Honorable Contractor
We apologies, for the delay of your contract part payment and all the
inconveniences and inflict that we might have indulge you through.
However, we were having some minor problems with our payment system,
which is inexplicable, and have held us stranded and indolent, not
having the aspiration to devote our 100% assiduity in accrediting
foreign contract payments. We apologies once again.
>From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the
Federal Government of Nigeria your name and address is on the list
major contractors who have not received their payments for the Federal
Plateau Project. I wish to inform you that your payment is being
processed and will be deliver to your door step as soon as you
respond to this letter. Also note that from the record in my file
your outstanding contract payment is USD$65.7 Millions Dollars but what
we are going to pay you now is $12.million dollars the rest of your
money will be pay to you in next four month.
Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your
record and also re-confirm to me the followings
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) position and address.
4) Profession , age and marital status.
5) Equity Yes or No?
As soon as this information is received and confirmed, your payment
will be deliver to you through diplomatic means in your country from
Central Bank of Nigeria, Get back to me immedaitely. As a result of
the on-going drive of the Government to update its books and clear
payment to contractors, I strongly recommend that you promptly start
your clearance as soon as possible for more clearification and for
immediate delivery of your consignment box to your door step.
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN,
GOVERNOR CENTRAL ABUJA