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From: Ego Dimma <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 06:01:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: THIS MASSAGE IS FOR YOU REPLY URGENT FOR MORE DETAILS
OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTE
ECOWAS HEADQUARTERS LOME,
REPUBLIC OF TOGO.
ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD32M
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if it might offend you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.
I am Mr . Ego Dimma,Chairman Contract Awarding Committee of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS) with Headquarters in Lome-Togo.
As it may interested you to know,I got your information from Togolise Chamber of commerce here in lome-Togo,while I was searching for a reliable,honest and trustworthy person to entrust this business with.I was simply inspired and motivated to pick your contact from the many names listed in the directory of profiles.
I have this interest in going through your profile though not enough in giving me your detailed information to access your capability of a cordial relationship.After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,We were very much satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship.
We wish to transfer the sum of USD32,000,000.00 (Thirty Two Million United States Dollars only) into your personal or company`s bank account.This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us for the supply of ammunitions, hard/soft wares, phamaceauticals/medical items,light and heavy duty vehicles,apparels and other administrative logistics etc for the ECOMOG in Sierra-Leone and Liberia during the Peace Keeping Projects.
This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected with all the attendant loop holes sealed off. As the chairman of contract awarding committe of ECOWAS, I have the cooperation and mandate of the FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.
We arranged and over invoiced the contract funds supplied by different companies from different countries during the crisis.It was our consensus to seek the assistance of a willing foreigner to provide us with the facilities to transfer this money out of West Africa.
This is borne out of our belief in the non-stable and sporous political nature of this sub-region.The original contractors have been duely paid through one of our bank.This balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign company of our choice.We intend to pay out this fund now as the organisation is winding up its activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the countries and the coast has been achieved.
Based on the laws and ethics of employment,we as civil servants working under this organisation, are not allowed to operate a foreign account.This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future investment with your comprehensive advise, assistance and partnership in your country.
It is however agreed, as the account owner in this deal to allow you 30% of the entire sum as compensation, 65% will be held on trust for us while 5% will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost during the course of the transaction. This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14 days if you accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation.
You should provide the followings:
1.YOUR NAME WITH COMPLETE ADDRESS, TEL AND FAX NUMBERS.
Upon the receipt of this informations, the documents and approval with the texts will be sent to you for confirmaton and then forwarded to the organisation for ratification and subsequent payment.
As with the case of all organised (sensitive)and conspired DEALS, we solicit for your unreserved confidentiality and utmost secret in this business. We hope to retire peacefully and lead a honourable business life afterwards.
Thanks and God bless you and I want you to understand that this business is 100% free from risk because we will provide to you all the neccessary documents you need for the claim of this fund.
Mr. Ego Dimma
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