It’s the old over-invoiced account scam. A government official claims to have found extra money “floating” in a forgotten bank account with no one to claim it. If you would just assist in the transfer, you can have a cut. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is. You’ll discover that there are “fees” and “transfer taxes” to be paid, and once the scammer has your money in his pockets you’ll never hear from him again.
From: “Gideon Aghogho” email@example.com
Subject: I need your reply on this issue
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 15:41:37 +0000
FROM THE DESK OF ENGR.GIDEON AGHOGHO
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA CONTRACTS REVIEW PANEL
FEDERAL SECRETARIAT COMPLEX (ANNEX)
LAGOS – NIGERIA
ENGR. GIDEON AGHOGHO.
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP.
Let me introduce myself to you, I am Engr Gideon Aghogho, I am currently a member of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel. I have been mandated by my colleagues in the panel to seek for a reliable partner to work with us in this our pending project. Anyway I got your contact information through my tedious search in the internet and I decided to write you immediately, I hope to hear back from you as soon as possible.
We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel who are interested in importation of goods into our country 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 trapped funds. The source of this funds is as follows: During the immediate past military regime here in Nigeria, government officials set up companies and awarded themselve contracts which were grossly over invoiced in various ministries. The present democratic government set up a Contract Review Panel to look into these contracts as well as those awarded to contractors, for which payment has not been made. In the course of doing this, we identified a lot of inflated funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria and ready for payment. However, by virtue of our position as civil servants and members of this panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names. 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$11,000,000.00 (Eleven Million U.S. Dollars). Hence my writing you to solicit your partnership in this transaction.
We have agreed to share the money thus:
1. 15% for the Account owner (you).
2. 75% for us (The Officials).
3. 10% to be set aside in settling all foreign expenses (by you) and local expenses (by us) incidental to the actualisation of this project.
As a token of our gratitude, as soon as you confirm the arrival of the funds in your Account, we shall arrange for you the equivalent of 500,000 barrels of Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO), for spotlifting at a price less than the prevailing market value per barrel. We wish to commence the importation business from our 75% share of the proceeds from the project. Please, note that this transaction is 100% safe,and we intend to effect the transfer within 10-14 banking days from the date of receipt of the following information from you via Email:
1) Your Full name.
2) Company’s name and address.
3) Confidential telephone and fax number.
The above information will enable us write letters of claim and job description respectively. This way, we will use your company’s name to apply for the payment and re-award the contract to your company. I hope you will look favourably on this proposal as I solicit your confidentiality in this transaction. Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter email. I will bring you into the complete picture of this pending project when I hear from you.
ENGR. Gideon Aghogho.
REPLY HERE: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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