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From: "Reverend Daniel Udunkwa" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:00:03 +0000
Subject: GOOD NEWS!!!
*FROM THE DESK OF DR. ODOKO YAHAYA
CHAIRMAN ECOWAS CONTRACT AWARDING
COMMITTEE ECOWAS FUND HEADQUARTERS
PMB.5028 ACCRA-REPUBLIC OF GHANA
PRIVATE Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD45.5MILLION
I am Dr. Odoko Yahaya. The chairman, Contract-Awarding Committee of the
Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) with its fund
headquarters in Accra Ghana. I got your information in a professional
database when I was searching through Internet 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 in the list of the
directory. After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,
they were very much satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for
this mutual business relationship. We wish to transfer the sum of USD45,500,
000.00 (FORTY FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)
into your personal or company's bank account.
This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us
intentionally for the supply of hard/soft wares, pharmaceuticals/ medical
items, light and heavy duty vehicles, apparels and other
administrative/logistics for the ECOMOG in Sierra-Leone and Liberia during
the peace keeping projects. This deal was deliberately hatched out and
carefully protected with the cooperation and mandate of the financial
director and the secretary of the organization. We arranged and over
invoiced the contract funds supplied by different companies from different
countries during the crisis. It was our 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 belief in the non-stable and
porous political nature of this sub-region.
The original contractors have been duly paid by ECOWAS banker through the
central bank of Ghana and finance ministry. The balance is suspended in the
ECOWAS grand account awaiting claims by any foreign partner of our choice to
receive the fund on our behalf now ECOWAS is intending to pay all their
outstanding balance of their contractors this year as the organization is
winding up its activities since the aim of returning peace to the countries
and the coast has been achieved Based on the laws and ethics of employment,
we as civil servants working under this organization, are not allowed to
operate/own a foreign account. This is more reason why we needed your urgent
assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping
and our future investment with your comprehensive advice, assistance and
partnership in your country. It is however agreed, as the account owner in
this deal to allow you 30% of the entire sum as compensation, 65% will be
held on trust for us while 5% will be used to defray any incidental charges
and cost during the course of the transaction.
This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14 days if you accord
us your unalloyed and due cooperation. You should provide the followings for
immediate kickoff of this deal if it interests you; your company's names
with complete address, tel. and fax numbers. (If available) the NAME OF YOUR
BANK, ITS ADDRESS WITH TEL.,FAX AND TELEX NUMBERS, THE ACCOUNT NUMBER THE
COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY WITH TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
Upon the receipt of this information, application for claim will be sent to
you to fill and return back to the organization in pursuit of the claim
legally and then be forwarded to the organization for ratification and
subsequent payment. As with the case of all organized (sensitive) and
conspired deals, we solicit for your unreserved confidentiality and utmost
secret in this business.
We hope to retire peacefully and lead honorable business life afterwards.
There are no risks involved. Kindly expedite action if you are interested as
we are behind schedule to enable us utilize this golden opportunity pay out
this fund immediately which we might stand to loose, if we fail to provide a
safe account for this transfer on time at the expiration of this year ECOWAS
has mapped out for payment of all their outstanding contractors and the
dissolution of our committee. Please urgency is needed as we do not know the
time our organization will start the payment hence it is necessary to start
on time to forestall any hitch while transferring the fund into your
Hoping to hear from you in my direct private mail address (
Dr. Odoko Yahaya*