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From: "Central Bank Of Nigeria CBN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:56:55 +0100
Subject: IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009
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CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL
QUARTERS, 15 TINUBU SQUARE,LAGOS, NIGERIA.
CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009,
Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/08
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009
Attn Honorable Contractor,
From the Records of outstanding contractors due for Payment with the Federal
Government of Nigeria, your Name was attached as the next of kin to one of
our late contractor.Your payment has been discovered as next on the list of
payment. So, I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and
will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also be
advised that because of too many contractors that I have to pay at this
fiscal quarter of the year, you will only receive the sum of us
$7,500,000, Seven Million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars as
directed by the office of the presidency.
I have therefore signed your payment Draft. A draft payment covering your
($7,500,000,) Contract sum has been raised in your favour to be drawn from
Central Bank Of Nigeria off shore account in America and Europe. As a metter
of urgent, You are here by advised to contact.
*Mr. O.S Oduyemi.*
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
*Contact him via email:*
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
5) Profession , age and marital status.
6,Copy of your identity
This is because the Federal Government of Nigeria has directed that all
foreign payment at this time that involved huge sums of money should be paid
by classified Bank Draft.
Yours In Service.
Prof. Charles C. Soludo.
Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN).*