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REQUEST FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION/ASSISTANCE {PLEASE THIS IS NO SCAM}
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Scam Email received 5/18/2019

Email From:

[email protected]

Sender Name:

Aminu A. Babakusa

Other emails used:

, [email protected]

Email Subject:

REQUEST FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION/ASSISTANCE {PLEASE THIS IS NO SCAM}


REQUEST FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION/ASSISTANCE {PLEASE THIS IS NO SCAM} – [email protected]


DEAR FRIEND, REQUEST FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION/ASSISTANCE {PLEASE THIS IS NO SCAM} I AM ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR BUDGET AND PLANNING OF THE MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) set up by the democratic Government in Nigeria, to review and make recommendations for payments on all outstanding foreign debts resulting from contracts executed for the Nigeria National petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under the past military dispensation. During the course of my committees assignments, I discovered a deliberately over invoiced and unclaimed contract payment to the tune of US$35.5 Million(Thirty Five Million, Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars). This fund had been floating reluctantly unidentified in the vault of the central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), ready for immediate transfer. I PLAN TO TRANSFER THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY THIRTY FIVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS (US$35.5M) INTO AN OVERSEAS ACCOUNT BY AWARDING A NONE EXISTING CONTRACT FROM MY MINISTRY (NNPC). TO THIS EFFECT I DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. WHAT I NEED FROM YOU, IS YOUR TELEPHONE/FAX NUMBER AND MAILING ADDRESS FOR US TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT YOU,AND YOU CAN NOW OPEN AN EX-CREW ACCOUNT THAT THE TOTAL MONEY IN QUESTION WILL BE REMITTED TO. I HAVE AGREED TO COMPENSATE YOU FOR ASSISTING US REGARDS TO THIS TRANSACTION WITH 40% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT REMITTED. WE SHALL KEEP 50% AND REMAINING 10% RESERVED FOR TAXES AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. PLEASE, KINDLY TREAT AS VERY URGENT AND STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL, I HONESTLY ASSURE YOU THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. I AM SORRY IF YOU ARE EMBARRASSED BY MY MAIL, I ONLY FOUND YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS ON THE WEB DIRECTORY AND DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU. PLEASE YOU CAN REPLY ME BACK TO: [email protected] BUT IF FOR ANY REASONS WHATSOEVER YOU FIND THIS MAIL OFFENSIVE, YOU CAN IGNORE IT AND PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGY. BEST REGARD Aminu A. Babakusa Aminu A. Babakusa – [email protected]

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