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From: "yusuf sulieman" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 22:37:04 +0800
Subject: THE DESK OF DR.YUSUF SULEIMAN.
*THE DESK OF DR.YUSUF SULEIMAN.
BENIN NATIONAL PETROLEUM
14 DEGBAGO CRESCENT,
COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN.
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS TRANSACTION.
Naturally, this letter will come as a surprise since we have not met. I am
chief Accountant to BENIN national petroleum corporation (B N P C). I am
making this contact with you based on satisfactory information gather from
the foreign trade office of REPUBLIC OF BENIN chamber of commerce. I am
interested in commencing a business relationship with you.
I hereby solicit for you assistance to transfer fund totaling Fifity three
millions, seven hundred and six thousand United State Dollars ($53.706M).
only into your Bank account overseas. The fund is presently in the BNPC
account with Central Bank of BENIN (C B B). This fund resulted from
over-invoice contracts executed in (B N P C) during the last
administration. However, the original contractor have been paid the actual
worth of contract, leaving the over invoice which I am seeking for your
assistance to be transferred into your account. This fund has been floating
in (B N P C) account with (C B B) for years now.
What you are to do is to act as the owner of this fund, sequel to the
development and couple with the fact that civil servants are not permitted
by law to operate foreign account. If your account can not contain this
amount or your bank or country can not accept the amount you still let me
know so that after getting an approval from the appropriate offices
concerned, we can then arrange for it to be paid to you cash to enable you
export goods with the fund to your country so that there will be no suspect
of kind and after the sales the goods you exported I then come for my share.
On receipt of your positive response, I will send Via E-mail application
Letter proving you owner of the fund and send back to you which I will use
it to obtain approval from(B N P C) for the transfer of the fund.
I will authorize my office to pay your company in guise that your company
executed the contract with (B N P C) during the last administration, which
has not been paid to you.You will adequately compensated, i.e 25% for you as
the account owner, 65% for me and my colleagues and 10% for any expenses
that may arise into this transaction.
I assure you that this business is safe and absolutely risk free and you
should not entertain fear of any kind.
Thank you very much as I wait in anticipation of your full co-operation.
* DR.YUSUF SULEIMAN.*
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