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From: "John Eko" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 02:02:42 -0700
Subject: MESSAGE FROM MR. JOHN EKO TO YOU MY GOOD FRIEND.
FROM: JOHN EKO.
CHIEF AUDITOR MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS
Dear good friend,
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if it
might offend you without your prior consent and writing through this
I am JOHN EKO CHIEF AUDITOR MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS COTONUO-BENIN
REPUBLIC.I got your information when I was searching for a reliable,honest
and trustworthy person to entrust this business with.I was simply inspired
and motivated to pick your contact from the many names and lists in the
I wish to transfer the sum of $14,300,000.00 USD (Fourteen Million Three
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only.into your personal or company`s
This fund was a residue of the over invoiced Industrial Contract bills
awarded by MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS COTONUO-BENIN REPUBLIC to some
foreign firms. This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully
protected with all the attendant lope holes sealed off.As the chief
auditor,I have the cooperation and mandate of the Financial Director and the
Secretary. It was my 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 beleive in the non-stable and sporous
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)This
balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign
company of our choice.I intend to pay out this fund now as the organisation
is winding up its activities.
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 our future investment with your
comprehensive advise,assistance and partnership in your country.
I have however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you 40% of
the entire sum as compensation,why 55% will be held on trust for me while 5%
will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost if any.
Upon the receipt of your information, the certificate of job completion of
one of the contracts will be issued in your for the transfering of the fund
to your nominated account without delay.
As with the case of all organised (sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit
for your unreserved confidentiality and utmost secret in this business.
We hope to retire peacefully and lead a honourable business life
afterwards.There are no risks involved.
MR JOHN EKO.