Nigerian Scam is baaaaaaack! - Posted by Paul_MA

Posted by Paul_MA on February 02, 2001 at 01:29:18:

Just received the newest version of the scam. Here it is:


Dear Sir,


First of all, I sincerely pray and hope that this
invitation meets you in good condition.

Through some discreet inquiries from my local chambers
of Commerce and industry, you and your organization
were revealed as being quite astute in private
enterpreneurship. records shows your ability to handle
a financial transaction of considerable amount which
has formed the bedrock of my present business
preposition for a partnership with you.
In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as
a respected executive to handle this transaction with
sincerity, trust and confidentiality.

I am a member of the Federal Government Contract Award
and Monitoring Committee vested with the
responsibility to review contract claims and makes
recommendation to the Government.
In 1997, a contract was awarded by the now defunct
Military Regime to a foreign firm for the Construction
of Heavy Duty Drilling Pipelines Network for the
Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri Refineries and
Petro-Chemical Companies which are subsidiaries of the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
This contract was over invoiced to the tune of
US$35,700,000.00 (Thirty Five Million, Seven Hundred
Thousand USD). This was done deliberately by the then
contract arbitrators with the intention of diverting
the over-invoiced amount but unfortunately that
Government was overtaken by another Military coup.

In the course of our assignment we discovered that
this amount is deposited in a dormant account with the
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), our
finding also reveal that the original contractor has
been fully paid, it is this over-invoiced sum we now
intend to transfer into any offshore account you will
be providing us.
It is pertinent to state here that my country has no
reward for hard labor and honesty because the
Government has no social or welfare system for the
citizenry nor has the Government establish any
retirement benefit of any kind for civil servants.

Needless to say, the trust reposed in you at this
junction is enormous, we have agreed amongst ourselves
to offer you 35% of the transferred sum while 10%
shall be set aside for incidental expenses during the
course of the transaction. It is our intention
therefore, having your understanding and cooperation
to invest our 55% share in importation of agricultural
and oil prospecting equipment to sub-Sahara Africa, as
it will be virtually impossible to retrieve our share
in cash at this time.
I would require from you by return fax and phone
confirmation as a matter of urgency the following:

  1. Beneficiary/ Account Name and or Company Name,
    Address, office and home phone and fax #.
  2. Name, Address, Phone and Fax # of your Bank.
  3. Account # of Beneficiary, Routing, Swift or Telex

of your Bank.

The above information would be used to make formal
applications as a matter of procedure for the release
of the money for onward transfer to your account.

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 out to other companies. More
often than not, big trading companies and firms of
unrelated fields win major contracts and subcontract
to more specialized firms for execution.

We have strong and reliable connections and contacts
at the Apex Bank (Central Bank of Nigeria) and the
Federal Ministry of Finance and we assure you that the
fund will be released and transferred if we get the
co-operation of a foreign partner to assist us in this
deal. As soon as the transfer is concluded we shall,
through our contacts withdraw all documents used from
all the relevant Government Ministries and parastatal
for 100% security.

We are civil servants and we will not want to miss
this opportunity .We want this money to be transferred
to the overseas Account for us to safe our life after
retirement and those of our children.

Please contact me immediately through EMAIL whether
or not you are interested in this deal. If you are
not, it will enable me to search for another foreign
partner that will assist us.

Again we look forward to doing business with you and
solicit for your utmost confidentiality in this

Yours truly,