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Doc
12-07-2000, 12:16 AM
I get quite a bit of spam, as I'm sure the rest of you do. Generally, I ignore it and delete without reading the message. But a couple months ago I got a spam with the subject URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL. Hadn't gotten a heading like that...so I opened it and found something like this:

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URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL

FAX.: 234-1-7595375
TEL.: 234-1-4709708
6TH DECEMBER, 2000

CONTRACT REVIEW PANEL
FEDERAL SECRETARIAT COMPLEX, FALOMO, LAGOS.

DEAR SIR,

I AM THE CHAIRMAN "TENDERS COMMITTEE" APPOINTED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF
NIGERIA FOR CONTRACT AWARDS & PAYMENT APPROVALS FOR THE LOCAL ORGANISING
COMMITTEE (LOC) INCHARGE OF THE JUST CONCLUDED FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (FIFA) ORGANISED WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTED BY
NIGERIA BETWEEN THE 4TH TO 23RD OF APRIL, 1999.

MY COMMITTEE AWARDED A CONTRACT OF $600MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS TO SOME
FOREIGN COMPANIES FOR RENOVATION OF SOME STADIA AND HOTELS WHERE THE FIFA
OFFICIALS AND COMPETING FOOTBALL TEAMS WERE ACCOMMODATED DURING THE
TOURNAMENT.

MY COLLEAGUES AND I DECIDED TO OVER-INFLATE THE CONTRACT SUM TO US$635
MILLION WITH THE INTENTION OF SHARING THE REMAINING US$35 MILLION AMONGST
OURSELVES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA HAS SINCE APPROVED THE TOTAL
SUM OF US$635 MILLION OUT OF WHICH US$600 MILLION WAS SPENT IN PAYING THE
CONCERNED CONTRACTORS THUS LEAVING A BALANCE OF US$35 MILLION WHICH WE
INTEND TO TRNASFER ABROAD INTO ANY SAFE AND RELIABLE PERSONAL OR COMPANY
ACCOUNT TO BE SHARED AMOUNG US.

WE HAVE AGREED THAT IF YOU CAN RECEIVE THIS (US$35 M) INTO YOUR ACCOUNT, YOU
WILL RETAIN 30% OF THE TOTAL SUM TRANSFERRED WHILE 60% WILL BE FOR US AND
THE REMAINING 10% WILL BE USED TO SETTLE EXPENSES SUCH AS TAXES, PHONE BILL
ETC. INCURRED DURING THE PROCESS OF THE SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUND.

I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT WE HAVE CONCLUDED ARRANGEMENT WITH OUR CONTACT AT
BOTH THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND THE NIGERIA DEPOSIT BANK TO ENSURE THAT AN
INTERNATIONAL BANK DRAFT IS ISSUED IN YOUR PERSONAL OR COMPANY NAME OR WIRE
TRANSFER TO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT WITHIN WORKING DAYS OF MY RECEIVING
YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO ASSIST US IN THIS TRANSACTION.

I THEREFORE URGENTLY NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM YOU (a) COMPANY
NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE & FAX NUMBERS FOR EASY COMMUNICATION, (b) THE NAME &
ADDRESS OF YOUR BANK WHERE THE DRAFT WILL BE DEPOSITED OR THE WIRE WILL BE
EFFECTED INTO.

IT IS OUR DESIRE TO INVEST OUR SHARE OF THE MONEY IN ANY VIABLE BUSINESS IN
YOUR COUNTRY WITH YOUR EXPERT ADVICE AND SUPERVISION.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE PUT IN MANY YEARS OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO OUR
COUNTRY AND THEREFORE WOULD NOT WANT OUR REPUTATION DENTED. WE THEREFORE
URGE YOU TO HANDLE THIS PROPOSAL WITH STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY.

IF YOU FIND THIS, ONCE IN A LIFE TIME PROPOSAL INTERESTING, PLEASE SEND TO
US THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ABOVE EITHER THROUGH FAX NO.: 234-1-7595375 OR
MY TEL NO.: 234-1-4709708 OR YOU SEND AN E-MAIL THROUGH MY E-MAIL ADDRESS.
WE PROMISE TO FURNISH YOU WITH DETAILS OF THIS TRANSACTION WHEN WE HEAR FROM
YOU. THIS TRANSACTION IS LEGAL AND THUS 100% RISK FREE.

I AWAIT YOUR REPLY
DR. RAHMAN JOSEPH

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Two questions:

1) Have any of you ever gotten it?

2) How MANY people do you think actually fall for this?

I've gotten it four times so far. Each time I have to take 20 minutes to calm myself down. I mean HECK! I COULD BE RICH, if I *only* send them my bank account info! (yes folks, that's sarcasm)

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