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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:17:00 +0100
Subject: ATM CARD PAYMENT
ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUNDS BENEFICIARIES
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT
THE ECOWAS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
REPUBLIQUE DU BENIN
This is to officially inform you that we have
verified your payment file presently on my desk, and I found out that
you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and
not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract
payment.Secondly, you are hereby adviced to stop dealing with some non
officials in the bank as this is an illegal act if you so wish to
receive your payment immediately.The ATM Card Payment Center has been
mandated to issue out US$8,500.000.00 (Eight Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars) as your part payment for this first
fiscal year of 2008,which you are advice to contact now to have your ATM
card for onward payment.
After the board meeting held at our
headquarters here, all foreign contractors/Inheritance with Lotto
payment from west Africa must been paid through this office,we have
resolved in finding a solution to your problem,and as you may know, we
have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in
Europe,America,Africa and Asia Pacific, which is the instruction given
by our president,(GCFR) Republic of Benin.This card centre will send you
an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in ATM MACHINE in
any part of the world, but the maximum is ($3,500.00) Thousand Us
Dollars per transaction a day. So,if you like to receive your fund
through this way send the informations below to enable your Atm Card
deliver to you through African Development bank Republic of Benin.
(1) Your Full Name
(2) Address where you want the payment centre to
send your ATM CARD.
(3) Phone And Fax Number
We shall be expecting to
receive your information and you have to stop any further communication
with any body or office. On this regards,do not hesitate to contact me
for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any
Thanks for your co-operation.
Ecowas Director of Operations
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