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From: "mustapha hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 02:06:12 +0100
Subject: PRIVATE & HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
The Holy Crescent Mosque.
40/42 Ago Palace Way
Okota - Isolo
Lagos - Nigeria
PERMISSION TO REMIT US $21 MILLION INTO YOUR COMPANY OR PRIVATE ACCOUNT.
It is my pleasure to write and inform you of a transaction involving the
transfer of US $21,000,000.00 (twenty one million US dollars) only into a
foreign account for safekeeping pending my arrival with my colleagues for
the sharing with you as t! he account owner into which the money is
remitted. I am an accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC), Lagos and this money originated from over-invoiced
contract executed for the corporation some years back. This contract has
long been completed by a foreign firm and the contractor duly paid.
I now seek if you would permit the surplus to be remitted into your account.
As a matter of fact, we are top government officials and we cannot come out
openly to claim this amount. This is why we are looking for a competent and
honest company or individual abroad whose documents would be tendered by us
here in Nigeria as one of the contractors that executed the project.
However, I would wish to receive your personal assurance that you would not
sit on the money when it goes into your account. More importantly,you keep
confidential this transaction, in order not to tarnish the confidence repose
in the officials involved in this transaction.
To effect this transfer, I therefore request the following: YOUR AC COUNT
NUMBER, THE NAME OF YOUR BANK WHERE THE MONEY WOULD BE TRANSFERRED INTO AND
ALSO YOUR PRIVATE FAX AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR QUICK COMMUNICATION. So far,
after due consultations, you were strongly and reliably recommended to us
although we have not met or entered into any kind of contract with you
before as to know the extent of your honesty, but based on the
recommendation, I personally want to believe that you are honest enough and
would not sit on the money if finally got into your account. It is on this
note that I consider it proper to write you asking for your permission and
support to transfer this amount into your account. You should not fear any
risk because we have concluded arrangement to safe guard you in the
transaction. This business is 100% risk free. Hence it requires high level
of confidence and secrecy.
Meanwhile this is the breakdown of the sharing modalities:
(A). 10% WILL BE USED TO SETTLE TRANSFER CHARGES AND LEGAL PROTOCOLS. (B! ).
30% IS FOR USING YOUR ACCOUNT. (C). 60% OF IT WILL BE FOR US THE
ORIGINATORS. Be informed that on completion of this business I will use part
of my money to invest in your country under your care. Please note that the
transfer operation will take seven to ten working days to be completed.
Please contact me by the above mobile phone,e-mail or fax number,phone
Mr mustapha hassan.
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