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Nigerian Fraud Letter 3

This is the first of three Nigerian fraud emails that are currently being circulated.  While there may be other versions, these three give adequate representation of the direction and intent of the perpetrators.  For more versions, see the bottom of this page.

Note:  Spelling, grammar and punctuation errors are part of the original letter.  This is a direct copy.


Attention: President/CEO


Firstly I must solicit your strictest confidence in this subject. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. A member of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (N.E.P.C.) who was part of the federal government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave your particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all the parties and hope that you keep it top secret because of the nature of the business.

Within the ministry of petroleum resources where I work as a director of engineering and projects, and with the co-operation of four other very top officials, we have under our control as overdue contract 
payments, bills totaling Thirty One Million United States Dollars, which we want to transfer to a foreign account, with the assistance and co-operation of a foreign company to receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign individual account to receive the funds.

The source of the fund is as follows: during the last military government here in Nigeria which lasted about eleven months, government officials set up companies and awarded themselves various contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various ministries.  The present civilian government is not aware of the atrocities committed by their predecessors and as a result, we have a lot of such over invoiced pending contract payments  which we have identified floating at the central bank of Nigeria ready for payment.  However by virtue of our position as civil servants, we cannot acquire this money in our names.  I was therefore delegated as a matter of 
urgency by my colleagues to look for an over seas partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of  US$31,000,000.00 (THIRTY ONE MILLION 
UNITED STATES DOLLARS) hence we are writing you this letter.

The present civilian government is determined to pay foreign contractors  debts owed so as to maintain an amiable relationship with foreign governments and non-government financial agencies.  We have decided to include our bills for approval with the co-operation of some officials of the federal ministry of finance (F.M.F) and the central bank of Nigeria 
(C.B.N).  We are seeking your assistance in providing us with a good company account or any other offshore bank account into which we can remit this money byacting our main partner and trustee or acting as the original contractor.  This we can do by swapping of account information and changing of 
beneficiary and other pertinent information to apply for payment.  By this act, we would be using your company information to apply for payment, and prepare letters of claim and job description on behalf of your company.  This process would be an internal arrangement with the departments concerned. I have the authority of my partners involved to propose 
that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share as compensation will be us$6.2 million (20%), us$21.7 million (70%) for 
us and us$3.1 (10%) for taxation and miscellaneous expenses.
The business itself is 100% safe, provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality.  Also your area of specialization is not m hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction.  I have 
reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.

 I will bring the complete picture of the transaction to your knowledge when I have heard from you.
 Thanks for your co-operation,
 Yours faithfully,
 Dr. Adebayo Adams.


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