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WE BELIEVE THIS IS THE LATEST VARIATION ON THE STANDARD NIGERIAN LEND US YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS LETTER. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THIS ONE COMES BY EMAIL.
We provide a copy of this email below so that you can recognize it if you receive it. We suggest that you either drop it in your rubbish bin, or report it to the ASIC or resend it into the Nigerian Embassy in Australia. The phone number provided appears to be out of order.
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 12:14:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: anthony ojako email@example.com
DR. ANTHONY OJAKO (JP)
TEL: 234-1774 8022
FAX: 234 1759 2669
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. You have been recommended by an associate who assured me in confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of great magnitude, requiring maximum confidence.
We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel who are interested in investing in stocks and commodities in very viable companies with funds, which are presently trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this business we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your account the said funds.
The source of this fund is as follows: During the defunct military regime here in Nigeria, the government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various ministries. The present Civilian Government constituted a Contract Review Panel and we have identified a lot of inflated contract funds, which are presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
However, by virtue of our position as civil servants and members of this Panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names (as we are not privilege by law to own / operate foreign accounts). I have therefore, been delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues of the panel, to look for an overseas partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of US$26,400,000.OO (Twenty Six Million, Four Hundred thousand US. Dollars).
Hence we are writing you this letter; we have agreed to share the money thus:
1. 20% for the account owner (You)
2. 70% for us (The Officials)
3. 10% to be used in settling Taxation and all local and foreign expenses.
It is from this 70% that we which to commence the purchase of stocks and commodities through your company, please note that this transaction is 100% safe and we hope to commence the transfer latest in ten (10) banking days from the date of receipt of the following information through TEL # 234 1774 8022 or FAX # 234 1759 2669
i. Your Bankers Name and Address.
ii. Your Account Number.
iii. Your Telephone / fax Numbers.
The above information will enable us write letters of claim and Job description respectively. This way we will use your companys name to apply for payment and re-award the contract in your companys name. We are looking forward to doing to doing business with you and solicit your confidentiality in this transaction.
Please acknowledge receipt of this proposal using the above Tel/Fax number. I will bring you into the complete picture of this pending project when I have heard from you.
DR. A. Ojako (JP)