from: Dr.Willie Lansana [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Ikeja - Nigeria
I hope this message will reach you in the best of health and receive your prompt attention, even as we have not had any previous correspondence before. Kindly reach me immediately for details should you agree to its contents.
I am a principal accountant and the Chairman of the Federal Tenders Board Committee to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This message is to solicit for your kindness in assisting me to transfer some amount of fund from my country to your country.
The total amount of fund is US$29.5Million (twenty nine million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars)which resulted from various contracts awarded by my ministry to some foreign firms in which the contract bills were slightly inflated by us members of the Tenders Board Committee with the sole aim of having the excess fund for our subsequent use. Presently, all the foreign firms that executed the projects concerned have been paid their bills accordingly and the projects have been commissioned for use. At this juncture, we now want to claim and transfer the excess fund using a foreign company since foreign contractors originally executed the contracts. Also, we as civil servants are not allowed to operate domiciliary nor foreign account, therefore, we cannot claim this fund locally, hence the necessity for thiscontact with you. We have decided to embark on this transaction now that we have new civilian administration. Our aim is to present your name as a true beneficiary of the fund.
The total fund (US$29.5M) will then be remitted into any designated bank account as shall be recommended by you. The relevant authorities will be made to believe that your company executed some contracts for my ministry to which payment is due to effected.
In this regard therefore, you will be required to present a suitable bank account that will accommodate the total amount of fund. The moment the bank account details are received from you, it will only take a maximum duration of 7-9working days to have all documentations complied and the fund remitted to your account.
On completion of this transaction, we have resolved to give you 25% of the fund for your efforts and assistance rendered; 5% will be used to settle any expenses that might be incurred on the process of this transaction both from our end and your end while the remaining 70% will be for us. I will be disposed to giving the details of this proposal as soon as I receive your confirmation signifying your interest in this proposal and your willingness to assist in its realization.
Kindly reach me through the above email address or Telephone number for more details on how we shall commence the whole transaction. Permit me to stress the confidential nature of this transaction and does not matter any particular field of trade to prosecute this transaction. Above all, let trust and honesty be our watchword throughout this business.
Many thanks and kind regards whilst I wait in anticipation for your assistance and may God continueto bless you.
(Reply sent 7/8/2002)
Dear Dr. Willie,
What sort of a doctor are you? I never heard of an accountant and doctor combined.
I am very interested in helping you out with your financial situation. What information will you need from me?
Is there any chance that these companies might discover the missing funds?
(Received 7/10/2002)Note: New email address - willie lansana [email@example.com]
Dear Sam Walton,
I am very pleased to receive your mail. i travelled to our federal capital territory on official assignment and just returned this morning
However, What should pre-occupy our minds now is how to apply for this money and get it into your account. As soon as possible, i am sure you have not forgotten that it does not necessarily mean that a doctor must be a medical doctor, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria [FAAN] has no business with the funds in question,i want to assure you that we are not going to have any problem now and after the transaction.
I remain very optimistic that this transaction will bring us into a lasting relationship. You can understand the need for us to act fast to conclude the business. However, the following are the information we need from you to make progress:
1. Your company name and address which we shall use to apply for the money as the beneficiary. Your personal name can be used if you like.
2. Your bank account and address where the money will be paid into. You can open a fresh bank account if you like.
3. To help communication between us, we need your private telephone and fax numbers.
4. You can always reach me on my cell phone No. 234-8033229674.
As soon as we receive the above information, we shall apply for the money in accordance with the contract payment procedures here and work to receive approvals for the remittance into your account. This business is legal and risk free. It however requires total confidentiality from both sides.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Dr. Willie Lansana
PLS:every corespondence should be directed to the above email address.
(Reply sent 7/10/2002)
Dear Doctor Willie,
I did not mean to offend you with my question about your title of Doctor. If you are not a medical doctor, what field did you receive your doctorate in?
The address of my business is:
The Big Box, Att: Sam Walton, 702 S.W. 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72716 (Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters)
You can fax documents to me at xxx-xxx-xxxx for my inspection and approval.
(Received 7/12/2002) Sounds like the "Doctor" is annoyed that I want more info about his title
My good firend.
IF we have to do this businss,please let us go ahead and do it,for now my title is not really important,what is important is the money in question.
There is know douments to fax to you now,we have to file application to the respective government agencies involved and uptain approvals before i can send the document to you,you have not given me the formations i requested from you to work with.
I am expecting the informations.
(Reply sent 7/12/2002)
Dear "Doctor" Willie,
I'm sorry, but here in America we consider it common courtesy to present introductions and credentials when embarking on a business venture. If you are unwilling to provide information about your title, why should I trust you in other areas of this financial transaction?
With great disappointment,
No further emails...I guess I offended the good doctor.