Example 419 Email Fraud 0153

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Dr. Haruna Dacosta.
Fax: 234 1 7592618
Victoria Island


Re: Business Relationship

It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my colleagues. We were able to get your information by virtue of the internet business index which we confirmed locally by our chamber of commerce and thus we have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in execution of a deal hereunder for the benefit of all parties, and hope you will keep it confidential because of the nature of this business.

Within the ministry of power and steel where I work as a Director of Project Implementation, and with co-operation of four other top officials, we have in our possession an overdue payment in US funds. The said funds represent certain percentage of the contract value executed on behalf of my Ministry by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced to the amount of US$14,500,000.00 (Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).Although the actual contract cost has been paid to the original contractor,leaving the excess balance unclaimed.

Since the present elected Government is determined to pay foreign contractors all debts owed, so as to maintain good relations with foreign governments and non-governmental financial agencies. As a result we included ours bills for approvals with the co-operation of some officials at the Department of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).We are seeking your assistance to act as the beneficiary of the unclaimed funds on our behalf since we are not allowed to operate a foreign account.

I have the authority of my colleagues involved to propose that, should you be willing to assist us in this transaction your share as compensation will be 25% while my colleagues and I receive 70%, and the balance of 5% for taxes and miscellaneous expenses incurred.

It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of the nature described here. The assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it to other companies. More often than not, big trading companies and firms of unrelated fields wins major contracts and subcontract to more specialized firms for execution.

I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. Endeavor to contact me immediately through my above fax number:234 1 7592618
or my e-mail address(harunadacosta@yahoo.co.uk),to indicate whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured.

Furthermore we will appreciate that you treat this matter with utmost confidentiality because any form of exposure will destroy our plans as we are still in active Government Service.This business itself is 100% safe, provided you treat it with utmost confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint us.

Kindly notify me by fax for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation while stating that time is of essence in this transaction.

Yours faithfully,