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From: ibrahim quattara <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 07:52:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: FROM: Dr Ibrahim Quattara
FROM: Dr Ibrahim Quattara
Chairman Contract Review Panel,
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.
LETTER FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE ON FUND TRANSFER
First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction.
This by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and TOP
I got your contact in our search for a foreign partner who has the
Ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of great magnitude
Involving a pending business transaction requiring maximum confidence.
We are top officials of the Federal Government contract review panel
who are interested in investment in your country with funds which are
presently trapped here in Cote D Ivoire.In other to commence this
Business we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your
Account the said trapped funds.
The source of this fund is as follows: During the last regime here of
General Robert Guei in Cote D Ivoire some government official's set up
companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over
Invoiced in various ministries. The government set up a contract review
panel and we have
Identified a lot of inflated contracts funds which are presently
Deposited in a BANK here in Abidjan,Cote D Ivoire .
However, by virtue of our position as civil servants and members of the
panel ,we cannot acquire this money in our name. I have therefore ,been
delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues to look for
An overseas partner into whose account we would transfer the total sum
of USD$25,500,000.00 [TWENTY FIVE MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
Hence we are writing you this letter. We agreed to share the money
 20% FOR THE ACCOUNT OWNER [YOU]
 80% FOR US [THE OFFICALS]
It is from the 80% that we wish to commence investments in your country
as you will also stand as our foreign agent over there. Please note
that this transaction is 100% safe and we hope to commence the transaction
latest seven  days from the date of the receipt of the following
[A] COMPANYS NAME BENEFICIARY OF ACCOUNT.
[B] YOUR PERSONAL TELEPHONE NUMBER AND FAX NUMBERS.
[C] BANK ACCOUNT/SORT/ABA/ROUTING NUMBERS
WHICH THE FUND WILL BE TRANSFERED TO.
[D] YOUR BANK ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBERS/FAX NUMBERS.
The above information will enable us commence the transfer of this
funds into your account in your country without delay
We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit your
confidentiality in this transaction.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter using the above or alternative email
address; firstname.lastname@example.org I will bring you into the complete picture of this pending
project when I hear from you.
With Kind regards,
Dr Ibrahim Quattara
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