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Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 18:09:44 +0100
Subject: ATTN:LETTER OF APOLOGY FROM NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA /YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT ADVICE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
DEBT RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE
PRESIDENTIAL COMPLEX BUILDING
FEDERAL CAPITAL ABUJA
Dear Sir, DATE:1/12/2003
SUBJECT: STOP SPENDING YOUR MONEY/LETTER OF APOLOGY FROM NEW DEMOCRATIC
GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA /YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT ADVICE
I am Honourable DR. ANTHONY UWA; I occupy the special position of the Finance
Director on Debt Reconciliation Committee of the Office of the Presidency
and also the Special Adviser to the President on foreign payment. I have
being directed by His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria (Olusegun Obasanjo, SFF, GCRF), to bring to your immediate notice
and urgent attention that this Government understand your plight, the huge
amount of money you have spent and all the disappointment you have suffered
in the past to get your contract fund paid to you. Due to what we described
as selective payment and incessant demand of excessive fee by some unscrupulous
and corrupt erstwhile officials in charge of foreign contract payment in
However, upon assumption of office by this Democratic Elected Government,
series of special meeting were held home and abroad with some leaders of
the World Monetary Institution E.G World Bank Group, International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Paris and London Club of Creditors, European Economic Community
( E .E. C.) and envoys of our Correspondence International Bank of Settlement
Worldwide affiliated with the Central Bank of Nigeria. The purpose of this
special meeting is to (i) Rebuild Nigeria Economic (ii) Pay all Foreign
Debts. In this regards, and due to the good and positive results we receive
from this special meeting, a Total sum of US$1.3 Billion U.S. Dollars have
been approved from the supplementary Budget Bill which was approved by the
Upper House of Assembly recently to pay all foreign Contractors whose payment
have been hanging since 1989. In order to show the World Democratic and
Transparent Government by this Government, and give Foreign Contractors
100% assurance that in 48 Banking Hours their contract Fund will be effected
to their nominated Bank Account.
This morning a Telex Signal attached with a Presidential Instruction Stamped
and Signed by the President have being sent to Authorized Paying Bank to
contact you for the release of your Contract Fund and two other Contractors
within 48 Hours. You are however, strongly advised for the interest of your
person, your esteemed Company to get back to this office for the immediate
confirmation of your payment within the next 24hrs.
You are strongly advised to reconfirm your contract informations such as:
(1) Your receiving Bank details, (2) Your contract Number, (3) Your contract
Amount and also your direct Telephone/Fax Numbers immediately to this office.
This is just to confirm/prove that you are the original beneficiary of this
contract payment. As soon as we hear from you, then your payment will be
released to your nominated bank account within the next 48 hours.
Sir, on behalf of this Democratic Government of Nigeria, I apologize for
any delay you might have encountered in receiving your money in the past.
However, the new order from the presidency empowered CBN to deduct all and
sundries charges that is above $5,000.00 from the contract sum before ever
we effect payment.
DR. ANTHONY UWA
(SPEICAL ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT ON FOREIGN PAYMENT)
FED. REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.