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From: "cenbn2 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 01:01:45 -1200
Subject: IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF ABANONED FUNDS AND PROJECT VIA ATM CARD
*CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE LAGOS NIGERIA
CONTRACT NO: NNPC/FGN/48-RDPT94
PAYMENT FILE: CBN/BEN/07.
Date; 21st June 2008
Attn: BENEFICIARY *
* Definitely, I know that this letter will be a surprising one to you. *
*Firstly, I will like to introduce myself formally as Prof. Charles Soludo,
The Executive Governor of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). You are been
officially contacted by me today because your Funds were Re-deposited into
the "Federal Suspense Account" of CBN last week, because you did not forward
your Claim as the Right beneficiary as it is well known to all. The Central
Bank of Nigeria is the mother Bank of all commercial Banks here in Nigeria.
Really these men were unexpected by me because their visit was impromptu. I
had to ask them why they came to see me in person and they said that they
were here to collect your fund totaling to US$10.5 MILLION, which rightfully
belongs to you.
Due to the circumstance at hand, I asked them who authorized them to come
down to Nigeria for the Collection of this Payment and they told me that you
asked them to come and collect this Funds on your Behalf. They actually
tendered some Vital Documents which proved that you actually sent them for
the Collection of these Funds.*
** *Honestly, it really baffles me that you took such decision without my
consent. Here is the Document which they tendered to this Bank today:*
*1. LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION.
2. HIGH COURT INJUNCTION.
3. ORDER TO RELEASE. *
*Actually, these Documents which they tendered to this Noble Bank is a
clear Proof that you sent them to Collect this Funds for you. Finally, I
told them to come back tomorrow morning and they promised to come back. As
the Governor of this Noble Bank, I was supposed to Release this Funds to
them but I refused to do so because I wanted to hear from you first. Due to
the Nature of my job, I will not want to make any mistake in Releasing this
Funds to anyone except you whom is the Recognized Bonafide Beneficiary to
this Funds. *
*Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment to these
foreigners whom came on your behalf. *
PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO.
GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA*