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From: "Govou Asogba" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:24:24 +0200
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL // READ AND GET BACK TO ME PLS
CHAIRMAN ECOWAS CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTEE
ECOWAS FUND HEADQUARTERS
01 BP 345 GANHI
COTONOU-REPUBLIC OF BENIN
ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD25.5 MILLION
Hello My Dear,
How are you today?
I am Mr Govou Asogba. The chairman, Contract Awarding Committee of the
Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) with its fund
headquarters in cotonou. I got your information from a reliable source as an
honest and trustworthy person to entrust this business with. I was simply
inspired and motivated to contact you after view your profile,I am very much
satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business
relationship. I wish to transfer the sum of USD 25,500,000.00 (TWENTY FIVE
MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND 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
intentionally for the supply of hard/soft wares, pharmaceuticals/ medical
items, light and heavy duty vehicles, apparels and other
administrative/logistics for the ECOMOG in Sierra-Leone and Liberia during
the peace keeping force projects. This deal was deliberately hatched out and
carefully protected with the cooperation and mandate of the financial
director and the secretary of the organization. I 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 me with the facilities to transfer this money out of
This is borne out of our belief in the non-stable and porous political
nature of this sub-region. The original contractors have been duly paid by
ECOWAS banker through the central bank of Benin and finance ministry. The
balance is suspended in the ECOWAS grand account awaiting claims by any
foreign partner of our choice to receive the fund on our behalf now ECOWAS
is intending to pay all their outstanding balance of their contractors this
year as the organization 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, As I am a civil servants working
under this organization, am not allowed to operate/own a foreign account.
This is more reason why I needed your urgent 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 35% of the entire sum as compensation, 60 % will be held on trust
for me 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
me your unalloyed and due cooperation. You should provide the followings for
immediate kickoff of this deal if it interests you, your full name or
company's names with complete address, tel. and fax numbers. (If available)
the NAME OF YOUR BANK, ITS ADDRESS WITH TEL.,FAX AND TELEX NUMBERS, THE
ACCOUNT NUMBER THE COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY WITH
TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
Upon the receipt of this information, application for claim will be sent to
you to fill and return back to the organization in pursuit of the claim
legally and then be forwarded to the organization for ratification and
subsequent payment. As with the case of all organized (sensitive) and
conspired deals, I solicit for your unreserved confidentiality and utmost
secret in this business. I hope to retire peacefully and lead honorable
business life afterwards. There are no risks involved.
Kindly expedite action if you are interested as am behind schedule to enable
us utilize this golden opportunity pay out this fund immediately which we
might stand to loose, if you fail to provide a safe account for this
transfer on time at the expiration of this year ECOWAS has mapped out for
payment of all their outstanding contractors and the dissolution of our
Please urgency is needed as I do not know the time our organization will
start the payment hence it is necessary to start on time to forestall any
hitch while transferring the fund into your designated account.
Thanks and hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.