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Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:26:59 +0200
Subject: From Abubakar Hello My Good Friend
From the desk of Tel/Fax:
Alhaji Abubakar L. Y.
To The President/Ceo
COMFIRM RECEIPT / STRICKLY PRIVATE
RE: URGENT BUSINESS INVESTMENT
Although this proposal
might come to you as a surprise, since it is from someone you do not
know or have seen before, but based on recommendations, I gathered from
a very reliable source.
I am the director, fund coordinator of the
Finance Contract Department of the Nigeria National Petroleum
Corporation. The crux of this letter is that the finance/contract
department of the NNPC deliberately over inflated the contract values of
the various contract awarded.
In the course of disbursement, my office
was able to track down the sum of US$23.5m as the over invoiced sum.
This money is now floating in the NNPC domiciliary account with the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). I and my colleagues now want to quickly
transfer this fund to a safe nominated foreign account for possible
We are not allowed as a matter of government policy
to operate any foreign account because of our status as civil/public
servants. Hence the needs to solicit for your full banking details, to
enable us transfer this money into your account.
Upon your acceptance of
this proposal, we have also agreed on a sharing ration:
1. 25% for you
as the account owner
2. 65% for I and my colleagues
3. 10% will be set
aside to defray all incidental expenses both locally and international
during the course of this transaction.
Furthermore, we shall be coming
over to your country when the money is finally in your account and we
shall be relying on your advice as regards to investment of our share.
Be informed that this business is genuine and 100% safe considering the
high-powered government officials involved.
Send by Tel/Fax or Email the
1. Your company name, address, bank name, address
and account number
2. Your telephone and fax number for effective
This is to effect the swift transfer of this fund into
your account in less than seven (7) working days.
Contact me strictly on
Telephone number: 234 805 580 1437. Expecting your call immediately
while looking forward to a healthy business relationship with you.
Engr. Abubakar L. Y.
[Group Managing Director (GMD) ].
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