If you get an e-mail looking like any of the e-mails below....don't FALL for it! These Shysters are GOOD!
The following 3 e-mails are the ones I received.
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 14:22:53 EST
From: "yerima musa"
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
FROM: DR.YERIMA MUSA.
FAX: 234-1-7591489 DATE: 24/11/2000
TRANSFER OF: US$25M
I am making this contact with you on behalf of my colleagues after a satisfactory information we gathered from Chamber of Commerce and Industries. I am a member of the TENDER BOARD COMMITTEE of the Nigeiran National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Lagos.
Our duties includes: award, evaluation and review of contracts.
In 1996, my committee (TBC) awarded a contract of US$150,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million United States Dollars only) to a joint venture of SPEIBATIGNOLES and FOUGEROLLE, for an engineering, procurement, construction of pipeline network at Eleme Petro-Chemical plant. As it were, the acutal contract
sum was deliberately over-invoiced by us (TBC) with the sum of US$25,000,000.00 (TWENTY-FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY). The project was executed, commissioned and the contractor(s) paid accordingly.
My colleagues and I want to transfer the over-invoiced amount into a viable foreign account. We have therefore resolved that as long as you can act as the sole beneficiary of the fund. The following will be the mode of sharing: 25% (i.e US$6.25M) for
beneficiary i.e. owner of account, 10% for expenses incurred during the course of transfer, and 65% for us the officials.
Let me reiterate at this juncture, that there are top and influential government officials involved in this transfer and as such I would appreciate it, if this business is treated with utmost confidentiality. I do hope I can trust you as regards this matter. In the light of this, I would like you to forward to me the following information:
1. Your company name and address if any
2. Your personal fax number
3. Your personal telephone number for easy communication.
This will enable us to forward the information to Corporation for purposes of processing and immediate remittance of this funds to the account that will be provided by you.
All modalities have been worked out and the necessary machinery put in place with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to effect this transfer within the shortest possible time. It is worthy to note that this transaction is 100% risk free, my only fear is the
confidentiality of this business from your end. It is pertinent to note that only an expatriate firm can lay claim to this fund. We are barred from operating foreign accounts as civil servants still serving the government. All communications should be strictly by e-mail, fax or telephone. No surface mail for security reasons.
Please send your reply through this my FAX No.:
Your quick response will be highly appreciated.
DR. YERIMA MUSA.
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Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 12:26:35 EST [Show full headers] From: "yerima musa" [Add to Address Book]
Subject: re: confidential
ATTN: EVE AKROUCHE FROM: DR.YERIMA MUSA.
27th November, 2000
In furtherance to your response in which you indicated your positive disposition towards cooperating with us, I hereby convey the approvals of my colleague that I continue discussion with you on this our mutually beneficial project. In a nutshell, the company/person needed must be very reliable. The funds when released will be invested in your country over a period of time
with your company's assistance. Meanwhile, due to the
sensitivity of our position in the Ministry, we do not want to be directly involved but you will be directed accordingly. And I strictly advice that the transaction be kept between us only to avoid jeopardizing it. The funds will be released legally and necessary precautions have been taken to save guide ourselves and the intended beneficiary by following all the regulations of the Government with regards to foreign payment.
Firstly, however, it is important that you understand how we intend to make you or your company the legal beneficiary of the funds amounting to US$25 Million.
We have made perfect arrangements at the highest level for this US$25 million to be legally and officially claimed by a foreign company. This is where we require your urgent assistance. In return for your assistance, we have agreed to offer you 25% of this sum while we retain 65%. Our assurance is that your role is TOTALLY RISK FREE and we expect you to have complete control of the company as well as the bank account which you intend to use for this transaction (Area of specialization of the company will not be important).
All modalities have been worked out and the necessary machinery put in place with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to effect this payment within the shortest possible time (10 - 14 days).
In order to lay legal claim to these funds of US$25 million by your company and front you/your company as the beneficiary of the US$25 million, my committee intends to use a government parastatal or establishment to award a formality contract in
favour of your company from the Corporation through which the contracts were awarded and executed. This is because the release of the funds to your account must be done in such a way that it looks like an actual contract payment to your company. For this purpose we will incorporate your company and register
you as a contractor with the Board of Foreign Contractors and also pay tax for your company for at least three (3) years here. We will also by virtue of our official position secure for your company the necessary back-up documents that will facilitate the release/transfer of the funds to you as the
beneficiary. We will then make an official recommendation to the Federal Ministry of Finance and CBN to approve the release of the US$25 million to you as the beneficiary.
The government of my country has just put a stop to wire transfer of contract funds exceeding five hundred thousand United States Dollars for the following reasons:
1.Errors or misdirection of funds enroute beneficiary bank.
2.Fraud perpetrated by some mischievous individuals who have a means of getting information from the telex and wire transfer department of the CBN concerning funds on transfer. They inturn use the information to divert funds to other account.
These have created so much trouble for the government which always bears the brunt and now decreed that all foreign contract payment exceeding the limit for wire transfer shall henceforth be released by draft issued in favour of beneficiary. The decree also mandated beneficiaries to collect their draft in person either from the CBN or at the Offshore Payment Location recently established by the government in Europe or North America depending on the choice of beneficiary.
The information on the attached Letter Head Specimen should be retyped or transcribed into your company letter headed paper duly stamped and signed by you and sent back to us immediately by fax. This we shall use to make the application and recommendation for payment on behalf of your company into your nominated Bank Account. These information will enable us, initiate preliminary application and payments process at the
Federal Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Nigeria.
Once the Application and Recommendation for payment is approved by the Federal Ministry of Finance, we will then be sure that the money will be released. As from this stage you have to be dealing directly with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to know when they will release the draft to you.
After the release of the draft to you, we will arrange to meet you immediately in your country or any place of your choice to collect our share of 65% which we intend to use for investment in your country based on your assistance as well. We would, at this juncture, emphasize the fact that this transaction should be treated with UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY, considering its nature. I hope you will not betray the confidence reposed in you and you may need to give me sufficient assurance that you are okay with your share of the money and that you will not sit on the money when it is finally released to you, though we have taken steps to avoid this.
I will be waiting for you to get to me immediately via fax furnishing me with the document requested above so that we can conclude the first part of this business transaction which is the release of the funds to you based on your full assistance and cooperation.
We are relying on your honesty and trust while hoping that this will be the beginning of a wonderful and fulfilling business relationship between us.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
DR. YERIMA MUSA.
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Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 12:21:11 EST [Show full headers]
From: "yerima musa" [Add to Address Book]
ATTN: EVE AKROUCHE.
FROM: DR.YERIMA MUSA. 27. 11. 00
Quickly transcribe this Specimen Letter under your company letter head paper so that we can commence the process immediately. (that is retype this letter below under your company letter head paper) and fax it to me.
LETTER HEAD SPECIMEN
DEBT MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
TINUBU SQUARE LAGOS.
RE: CONTRACT NO. FMW/H/MOPA/RDK/96
WE WISH TO APPLY THROUGH YOUR OFFICE FOR THE PAYMENT OF US$25 TWENTY-FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) BEING THE FINAL PAYMENT DUE TO US IN RESPECT OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CONTRACT.
KINDLY ISSUE A DRAFT IN THE SUM OF U.S.$25,000,000.00
IN FAVOUR OF OUR UNDERMENTIONED COMPANY.