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We are making this contact with you because of the reliable information available to us concerning your reputation and that of your company. This business request may seem strange, but I crave your indulgence and pray you view it seriously as we are convinced that you would be capable to provide us, with a solution to a money transfer of Twenty Two Million United State Dollars (US$22,000,00). First of all, I am an accountant and Auditor of the Petroleum (special) Trust Fund N.N.P.C) the Apex Department of the Oil Industry in Nigeria. I am also a member of its Foreign Contract Tenders Committee (FCTC). My principal Job/function has to do with the Appraisal and Approval of payment of contract awarded by this parastatal.
In the course of my duties, I discovered various over inflated contract values totaling US$22Million. The said amount emanated from deliberate over invoicing of old projects executed by some foreign firms through some government officials. These officials have since been moved or retired following the inauguration of the new administration. After due consultation with key members of the Tenders Committee (FCTC), I was mandated to seek and arrange with a trusted foreign National who can assist us in transferring the above state amount out of Nigeria. Now that all the contracts have been paid following the completion and commissioning of the various contract, the above mentioned sum through approved is still floating. We decided to transfer this money to a safe and trusted bank accounts with a very reliable person to assist us after which the funds are share in the understated ratio. Your assistance is needed for two main reasons;
(i) As government employees, we are not permitted by the Nigeria law to operate foreign accounts. (ii) Since the initial contracts were executed by the foreign firms, only a foreign firm can make claims or as a beneficiary for the purpose of transferring the money out of Nigeria. We have unanimously agreed to compensate you with 30% of the total sum (US$22Million) if you are willing to render us your assistance as regards the transfer. It was also agreed that 5% shall be set aside to offset incidental expenses that might be incurred by either of us course of offsetting this transfer. The remaining 65% shall be our due share. All necessary arrangements required for a speedy conclusion of this transaction have been put in place with top officials of the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria to enable us conclude the whole transaction within a very short space of time. What is required of you is first to furnish us with the following through the above Tel/Fax number: (1) Bank details to be used (that is bank's name and account number) (2.) The beneficiary's name. (3) Your private / official telephone and fax number.
While promising you a smooth and hitch -free transfer of this fund into the account nominated by you, we want you to know that this is very sensitive transaction which should not be disclosed to any other party. This is very important because this deals involves some high ranking Nigeria Government Officials who would not want to be involved in any form of scandal. We however trust that this will be the beginning of a lasting business relationship between you and us, as we shall appreciate your advice on the investment opportunities in your line of business or any other type of viable business in your Country.
Best regards as we look forward to hearing from you soonest.
DR. RICHARD JOHN