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From: "Ambassador. J coker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 05:31:46 +0800
Subject: RE: URGENT & CONFIDENTIAL........CAN WE?
FROM THE DESK OF
AMBASSADOR J COKER(PRESENTLY NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA)
FORMER -DIRECTOR FINANCE/CONTRACT DEPT (NNPC)
RE: URGENT & CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
I am the Former Director, Finance/Contract Department of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).And now prensently the Nigerian
Ambassador to china.
My office is also saddled with the responsibility of
screening,categorization and prioritization of projects embarked upon by
NNPC as well as feasibility studies for selected projects and supervising
the projects consultants involved. A breakdown of the fiscal expenditure by
this office as at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2006 indicates
that the NNPC paid
out a whooping sum of US$736M (Seven Hundred and Thirty Six Million, United
States Dollars) to successful contract beneficiaries. The NNPC is now
compiling beneficiaries to be paid at the third fiscal quarter of 2007.
The crux of this letter is that the finance/contract department of the NNPC
deliberately over-inflated the contract value of the various contracts
awarded. In the course of disbursement, this department has been able to
track down the sum of US$40.5M (Fourty Million, Five Hundred Thousand U.S.
Dollars) as the over-invoiced sum. This money is now lying and floating
in the NNPC domiciliary account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
I and my colleagues in Nigeria now want to quickly transfer this fund to a
safe nominate foreign account for possible investment abroad.We are not
allowed as a matter of government policy to operate any foreign account
because of our status as civil/public servants. Hence the need to solicit
for your full Banking details to enable us Transfer this money into your
on Swift Code.
We have also evolved a sharing formula as follows:-
1) 30% for the foreign account owner
2) 60% for l and my colleagues
3) 10% will be set aside to defray all incidental expenses both locally and
internationally during the course of this transaction.
Furthermore, we shall be coming over to your country when the money is
in your account and we shall be relying on your advice as
regards to investment of our share. Be informed that, this business is
genuine and 100% safe considering the high powered government officials
involved.BUT YOU HAVE TO BE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL WITH THIS TRANSACTION
Send to me the following information:-
1) YOUR COMPANY NAME AND ADDRESS, BANK NAME, ADDRESS AND ACCOUNT NUMBER
2) YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.
This is to affect the Swift Transfer of this fund into your account inless
than Seven (7) working days.Please reply immediately through my personal
email@example.com.......or better stil call me for more details
While looking forward to a healthy business relationship with you.
NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA