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From: hbos financial <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 11:12:09 +0100 (BST)
Subject: ATTN: Amarjit Singh.
BANK OF SCOTLAND & SECURITIES.
London - England
FAX: 44- 870-120-8565.
Our Ref: HBOS/ENG/01/05 Date: 1st-07-2006
From the Desk of the Telex/Wire Director Bank of Scotland & Securities.
ATTN: Amarjit Singh.
FUND TRANSER CONFIRMATION O.K FURTHER CREDIT ACCEPTED.
We have received your contract payment approval from our ordering Customer Service in the Central Bank of Nigeria for the further credit to your bank account. With all due respect, our bank has obliged to credit your account with instruction. Quoting reference to HBOS transfer regulation and in line with British Financial and Allied Conduct, your account will be effected as soon as you reconcile our 1% Cost of Transfer or you may advise us to deduct the total value and transfer the balance to your account.
Should you be willing to accept deduction, our bank is therefore urging you to contact the authorized Central Bank of Nigeria, there director of International Remittance Department; Rev. Dr. Chucksdaniel Mbeki. On Tel: 234-1-7593657 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please ask him to issue you the Original Authority to Deduct Bill of Exchange Form to enable us deduct the 1% cost of transfer.
Be advised also that we only acknowledge the receipt of the ORIGINAL HARD COPY OF THE BILL OF EXCHANGE FORM, which must be duly filed and signed by the beneficiary before we can effect deduction.
Please be warned, as our bank does not trust any Nigerian Official except the CBN Director of International Department, Rev. Dr. Chucksdaniel Mbeki; whom we can give attention to in any of this instruction.
Prior to our banking regulation, final credit shall be made to your account upon your instruction.
Mr. Edward Collins.
International Financial Affairs
BANK OF SCOTLAND,
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