From: Michael Taylor
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay Way
Tel:234 1 482 8239
We have the pleasure to make this surprising but mutually benefiting business proposal. I am a member of the newly inaugurated committee for the privatization of the refineries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in Nigeria. The members of the committee are interested in the importation of goods into the country with funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria / Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) foreign payments account. I got your address through the office of the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Federal Civilian Government of Nigeria intends to lease the three existing petroleum refineries to private individuals and companies. This is to make the refineries more viable, resourceful and to eliminate undue wastage and fraud. This privatization is in-line with the recommendations of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prerequisite for future financial assistance.
The refineries are heavily indebted to many companies and my committee has the mandate (task) of compiling the names of these companies and debt owed them and also recommend for payment, all contracts that have been fully executed. With our position in the committee, which comprises of my ministry, federal ministry of petroleum resources, Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC), the federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we have successfully secured for ourselves, the sum of US $53,000,000:00 (Fifty-three million United States Dollars). This sum was acquired by carefully inflating the amount of indebtedness by this amount (US $53,000,000:00). We need a reliable company to be included in the list of companies to be paid. This company will be paid for a contract executed in Kaduna Refinery in 1998.
I was therefore mandated in trust by members of the committee, to seek a foreign partner who has the ability to carry on with the transfer of this sum of US $53,000,000.00 hence I am writing you this letter.It is from our 70% that we wish to commence the importation business. We also need assurance from you that you will let us have our share once the inflated amount (US $53,000,000:00) is transferred into your account. And we also agreed that you part with 30%.
The payment will be done by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its correspondent Bank. What we need from you is that you provide with the underlisted information for us to commence the actualization of the transfer process in your name.
(1) Your full name.
(2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
(3) Company name, position and address.
(4) Profession, age and marital status.
(5) Scanned copy of int'l passport.
The above information will enable us put up letters of claim and job description to the respective ministries for the issuance of the mandatory fund release approval/recommendations. This way, your company will be recognized and accepted as the beneficiary of the contract entitlements before the final remittance to your nominated account, by the Central Bank of Nigeria, being paying bank.
Note that we will be responsible for the payment of the Federal Inland Revenue Tax on behalf of your company and a contract agreement between your company and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation shall be drawn up and antedated showing that your company has a legitimate contract with the NNPC and must be paid.
We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit absolute confidentiality from you in this transaction. Please acknowledge receipt of this letter, using the above email address for more details regarding this transaction.