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From: "Your Payment Notification" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 00:18:08 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE HONORABLE
GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE, LAGOS- NIGERIA
Our Ref: CBN/OHG/OXD1/2008
Your Ref: ...............
PAYMENT FILE: CBN/BEN/08.
Definitely, I know that this letter will be a surprising one to you.
Firstly, I will like to introduce myself formally as Mr,John Jimo,The
Director of Payment of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
I am officially contacting you today because your Inheritance Funds were
Re-deposited into the "Federal Suspense Account" of CBN last week, because
you did not forward your Claim as the Right beneficiary.Well known to all,
The Central Bank of Nigeria is the mother Bank of all commercial Banks here
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 the Inheritance/Contract Bill Sum of (US$20,000,000.00)
which rightfully belongs to you,on your behalf.
At this development 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. In fact this was the biggest
shock that this Bank have ever received so far because your Inheritance
Funds is still in the "Federal Suspense Account" of CBN, yet you sent these
men to come and collect this Funds on your behalf without notifying us.
We in this Bank do not understand why you sent these men to come and Collect
your Funds on your behalf. If actually you want them to help you collect
your Inheritance Bill Sum, at least you should have informed me as the
Director of Payment of this Bank.
They actually tendered some Vital Documents, which proved that you actually
sent them for the Collection of this Fund. Honestly, it really baffles me
that you took such decision without my consent.
Here are the Documents, 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, are 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
As the Director 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
Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment to these
foreigners whom came on your behalf.
In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required to respond
immediately with your full name, address and phone number for reconfirmation
and immediate processing of your fund release.
DIRECTOR OF PAYMENT(CBN).