NIGERIAN SCAM LETTER FROM
DR. STEVEN ODIWO
Dr. Steven Odiwo.
16 Kingsway Road
Tel :234 1774 4594
American Internet Fax:1 810 885 1899
Request for Urgent Business Relationship.
I want to first solicit your confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. We shall be counting on your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of great magnitude involving a pending business transaction requiring maximum confidence.
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 RECEIVE the said trapped funds ABROAD.
The source of this fund is as follows : During the regime of our late head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, the government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various Ministries. The
NEW CIVILIAN Government set up a Contract Review Panel (C.R.P) and we have identified a lot of inflated contract funds which are presently floating in the Bank. However, due to 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 the sum of US$15,600,000.00 (Fifteen Million Six Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) WILL BE PAID BY TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER. Hence we are writing you this letter.
We have agreed to share the money thus:
70% for us (the officials)
20% for the FOREIGN PARTNER (you)
10% to be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign expenses.
It is from this 70% that we wish to commence the importation business. Please note that this transaction is 100% safe in all it's ramifications and we hope that the funds arrive your account in latest ten (10) banking days from the date of reciept of the following information by email: A suitable name and bank
account into which the funds can be paid.
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 payments and re-award the contract in your name/company name.
We are looking forward to doing business with you and solicit your confidentiality in this transaction.
For security reasons and in order to move forward quickly, please respond to me
by Tel:234 1774 4594,American Internet Fax:1 810 885 1899 so I can bring you into the complete picture of this pending project and provide more information as to the succcessful conclusion of this project. The best response however, would be by telephone, so we can discuss fully all issues needed to complete this venture in good time, and successfully.
Thank you and God bless.
Dr. Steven Odiwo
DIRECT INTERNET FAX:1 810 885
Thank you very much for your response and with your apparent understanding for the need of confidentiality in all matter relating to this transaction we have decided to move forward with you.
As requested here are the details and procedures for the transfer of the funds into your nominated bank account that you will hopefully provide.Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and you do not need to worry about anything as all legal documents backing this transaction we be provided by us your partner.
For us to proceed, I will send to you a payment application form that you will have to fill in the required information. Once the filled form is returned, we as members of the Contract Award and Monitoring Committee (Review Panel) will give the required recommendations and forward your payment file to the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance is responsible for all payments
of both local and foreign contractors.
Before the funds will be transferred to your account, the Ministry of Finance will give the necessary approvals and instructions to see that the money is transferred as desired.
This will be made possible for the fact that we have been working assidously by giving gratification to the people in authority and they have eqaully assured us that this will be done as promised.
Upon the initiation of the process of transfer, the money will be transferred to you on or before 8th of September, 2002. As the saying goes and knowing that all has been put in place, "We must strike the iron while it is still hot" The money in question is ready for transfer.
You are required to reach me immediately you receive this mail on my private telephone number +234 1 774 4594 for further communication.
Kindly avail me your fax number so that I can send you the payment application form that you are to fill correctly and return via fax to my American internet fax number which is 1 810 885 1899 that was acquired for the purpose of this transaction.
Bye for now and stay blessed as I await your phone call.
FROM: STEVEN ODIWO
TELEPHONE: 234 1774 4594
INTERNET FAX NUMBER: 1801 885 1899
Thank you for your quick response and I will advise that when trying to get through to me that you have to dial 234 1774 4594,the lines may be busy but keep on trying as you will surely get through.. I have decided to give you more details and also the modalities for a speedy realization of this transaction. We are doing this in conformity with our desire to enjoy the proceeds of this transaction with absolute peace of mind after the successful
transfer of these funds into your nominated account.
Before proceeding to give you details of this project and the modalities for its conclusion, it is pertinent to address a very important issue, which if not properly tackled, could cause an impediment to the progress of this transaction. This issue is confidentiality. We believe that its importance cannot be over emphasized, taking into consideration the very nature of this
transaction. Very many people in my country and I'm sure also in yours, will do a lot of things to get their hands on the kind of money we are talking about so we must exercise all forms of caution. Apart from this, the fact that it's direct Participants (i.e. we) are career civil servants who are still in active government service and would not want our image tarnished or jeopardized is most important.
We have been given the kind of position people wait a lifetime to attain. On our part, we are totally disposed to maintenance of absolute confidentiality, and we cannot perform less. We therefore ask you to equally adhere to this collective wish. Be rest assured that this project is risk free and fail proof to all intents and purposes.
Being members of this the committee (CAMC), we are privileged to have at our disposal the necessary instruments required for the realization of this project. We are also the body empowered with the statutory responsibility of giving advice on all issues pertaining to previous foreign contracts payment. And as we have unlimited access to all past foreign contract payment files, we shall destroy all documentary evidence relating to this project as soon as we finalize in the next 5-7 working days. You must however understand that for our desired success to materialize, you must follow our instructions strictly and promptly.
We have the necessary contacts and have also made financial provisions to ensure that all possible bottlenecks at our end will be sorted out. The way the contract was structured, the contractors were fully paid with 60% as mobilization fees and this was used to conclude and commission the project.
Our good fortune is that we have been given the responsibility of deciding which claims are legitimate and which are not. You must understand that this kind of money can change many a man's life and we do not want this opportunity to pass us by. It is our hopes that you will be Instrumental in assisting us achieve our dreams.
(1) To commence this project, with your banking information, we shall put up a payment claims application to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation issuing the mandatory fund release approval/recommendations in your favor prior to the remittance of the funds to your nominated bank account. We shall also register your name/company and pay the necessary taxes for this over here as required by law. All these shall be backdated. On paper, we shall ensure that it appears your name/company carried out the contract.
(11) This is the most important aspect of the project because it is at this stage that the all-important and vital fund release Approval/recommendations from the Federal Ministry of Finance are issued. Once they are issued, it means that over 80% of the processes of the fund transfer have been concluded.
However, you can be rest assured that we have set up perfect machinery in motion to ensure that they are issued in your favor without fail. In fact the respective Directors-general in charge of the respective Ministries responsible for the issuance of these funds release Approvals/recommendations have committed themselves to issuing these approvals.
(111) From our enquiries so far, we were reliably informed that in accordance with foreign payments, you could apply for the Final Fund Release Documents to be sent to you in your office in your country.
The DRC was set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to reconcile debts owed to foreign contractors, and remittance of such funds to the beneficiary's nominated account upon signing the final fund release documents. This arrangement is for contractors who by circumstances beyond their control
cannot come to Nigeria for the signing of the final fund release documents. On approval of the application by DRC, the fund will be transferred and confirmed within 72 Hours after the endorsement exercise is completed. We will arrange
to be with you after you have confirmed to us that the money is in your account for disbursement as initially stated.We will be ready to share the money as soon as it is wire-transferred into your nominated account. However, if you decide to help us Supervise our investment plan, we will appreciate this and discuss your payment for it. If we must succeed, then we must all summon the courage needed to bring this project to fruition. My colleagues and I have been working out the modalities for two years and all is in place to achieve our goal. You must therefore be ready to assist us whole heartedly.
Full audit report will normally be sent with the wire-transfer papers to your bank from the central bank of Nigeria. This will handle source and application of the incoming money and explain all tax details to your revenue service. So you do not need to worry about discussing with your bankers for now. At the right time I will ask you to inform them.
I assure you that if you maintain the required confidentiality, the project will be successfully concluded. Remember that all calls to me must be direct. No operator assisted calls.
Please acknowledge receipt of the two page faxes that I have want you to transcribe to your company letterhead paper and fax back to me so that we can begin processing of the funds to your account. Call me so that we can discuss further upon receipt of this message. My phone is +234 1774 4594 as stated
Expecting your call and do send the letter duly typed and signed by you to my direct Internet fax number 1 801 885 1899 so I can file in the application for claims settlement first thing tomorrow morning.
Bye for now and remain blessed as I hope to speak with you later today or early hours of tomorrow.
How are you today?Hope that all is well with you and your family.I will want you to know that the fund will hits your bank account as contractual entitlements so you do not need to worry at all as their will be back up documents from the Central Bank of Nigeria to your bank in South Africa.
As early stated you do not need to contact your bank as per the transaction,I will ask you to do so when the right time comes.What we have to work on for now is to see that we are granted approvals from the various Ministries that are responsible for remittance of funds to foreign contractors.Please
acknowledge receipt of the two page faxes that was sent to you yesterday via the fax number that you provided and do endeavour to fill them correctly and fax back to me ASAP so that I can be able to apply for the release of the fund into your nominated bank account first thing this morning my time.
The Issue of your bank account being in South Africa is no problem at all as you can pose as a foreign contractor.Please advise on the ground of Investment as we will want you to assist us in this area.You are required to give me a call immediately you receive this mail for further communication via my private phone number 234 1774 4594.
Bye for now and do endeavour to send me the faxes ASAP.
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