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From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 11:08:50 -0000
Subject: YOUR INHERITANCE PAYMENT
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE AND THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
PRESIDENTIAL BOARD OF TRUSTEE ON CONTRACT PAYMENT
TINUBU SQUARE, LAGOS
STOP ORDER FROM THE PRESIDENCY
This is to bring to your notice about the due process of your outstanding
Inheritance payment which was suspended by the Central Bank of Nigeria thereby
stopping the telex unit to pause the transfer of your contract fund to your
nominated bank account. As a result of this development verification conducted
by the Finance Ministry in conjunction with the Debt Verification Panel on your
Inheritance case file has been endorsed for payment awaiting your confirmations.
In view of several efforts already made by us to contact you for the following
reasons based on the new account submitted to this office on your behalf:
(1) My Office desks have just received a sworn affidavit from Mr.Rainer Hesse.
of Germany to re-route your payment into a new bank account number as stated:-
VACAP Federal Credit Union,1700 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, VA 23220. Account
number 32501. Of Mr.Rainer Hesse.
(2) Please, confirm to our department if you have instructed Mr.Rainer Hesse
to appoint an attorney/agent on your behalf thereby asking that he receive
cash call remittance on your behalf.
(3) It have come to our notice that you are being contacted by unauthorized
individuals with respect to your contract payment but unfortunately this
office is not aware of your unofficial dealings and warned that it is at your
(4) Please, also confirm if you have authorized Mr.Rainer Hesse to change your
banking particulars to the following particulars stated below:
VACAP Federal Credit Union,
1700 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, VA 23220.
Account number 32501
Also re-confirm your Inheritance Amount, Private Telephone,your e-mail
address, Office or home address so that we can cross-check it with our file
We have decided to contact you for re-verification because we suspected that
Mr.Rainer Hesse. is trying to divert your money through the sworn affidavit
into a new different bank account.
You are advised to call the Chairman Debt Verification Panel upon the receipt
of this mail.
Name: Micheal Koffi.
for further briefing concerning your payment.
Chief. Mrs. Peace Johnson
Warning:This communicate is from the PRESIDENTIAL BOARD OF TRUSTEE ON CONTRACT
PAYMENT upon the advice of the Presidential adviser on Contract are advised to
adhere strictly to directive. Any fund beneficiary who ignores instruction
will be doing so at his/her own risk and should not blame the Federal
Government Of Nigeria for non-payment of their contract/Inheritance funds.
FROM DESK OF THE PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA