A Scam Email with the Subject "Can We Be Joint Business Associates? Please Reply Urgently" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 21 Aug 2009 21:09:47 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam. The sender was "Larry Koiyan"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
ABUJA LIAISON OFFICE: 31 HAILE SELAISSIE , ASOKORO, BEHIND ECOWAS BUILDING ABUJA. My name is Air vice Marshall Larry Koiyan (Rtd), the new managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) here in Nigeria. I am contacting you for a very lucrative business venture which will be of immense financial benefit to you and your organization. In brief, the Niger Delta region of Nigeria is the oil rich region that produces the wealth of the nation but its people are grossly underdeveloped. Therefore, the NDDC was established in 2000 with the mission of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful. For this reason, the government sets aside 13% percentage of all oil revenue from this region for the development of infrastructure which includes Agric Support Programs, Waste Disposal Programs, SME Programs, Mass Transit Programs, Skills Acquisition, Computer Training Programs, Water Projects, Electrification Projects, Jetties and Canalisation Projects, School Projects, Free Health Care Programs, Hospital Projects, Road Projects etc in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other international oil prospecting companies like Chevron, Texaco, ExxonMobil etc. The funds available for these projects run into billions of dollars and over the years thousands of contracts were awarded to international firms. Some of the contracts were left unpaid due to various allegations of high profile bribery and contract over-invoicing. Some of these allegations led to the discovery of many fraudulent schemes including the $180 million gas project bribery by Halliburton, a company owned by the former U.S Vice President, Mr. Dick Cheney. (Please go to http://allafrica.com/stories/200905090015.html An investigation was ordered by the Federal Government and as a result a debt reconciliation and payment committee was set up immediately I assumed office with me as Chairman and others from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) as members. Our mandate is to investigate all contract debts and make payments for legitimate ones. An account was opened in London, United Kingdom for this purpose with a balance of $2 billion though with government’s control. During the investigation, we uncovered different frauds by some former government officials. Apart from bribery, some of the contracts were deliberately over-invoiced; some were done even without the consent of the contractors. Over-invoicing in contract is when a contract is deliberately over priced, the contractor will be paid all the money, and he will then send the over-invoiced mount back to a nominated private account of the government officials involved. We have finished our investigation and are now paying the legitimate contract claims, but still have in the account, the sum of over $300 million over-invoiced sum. We would transfer this balance back to the government’s purse as unclaimed funds and close the account and the whole operation soon, but I agreed with my colleagues in the committee to transfer only $230 million to the government, and keep the balance for our private use. We as government officials, are prohibited from having a nongovernmental monitored account overseas, so we are looking for a foreign business partner whom we can use his existing or new business account to transfer the $70 million balance. We have agreed to compensate any foreign partner willing to work with us on this project with 30% of the fund while the remaining 70% will be for me and my committee members. This is the purpose of this email to you, which we are sure comes as a surprise to you. I know you have many questions in your mind, for example: how we got your contact? And why we trust you with our share? We know it’s difficult to trust a stranger; we are going to transfer the funds in bits and have you send our shares as we make the transfer in bits. We purposely don’t want to use a person known to us for security reasons. If you are interested to work with us, we shall need absolute confidence in this transaction including telling your bank the source of fund as any inquiry to our Government will jeopardize everything. Also we need you to send us the followings: 1. Your private email address, phone and fax numbers 2. Your full names and proof of identification 3. Business checking account details where the money will be paid to, including the ABA routing number, bank address, phone number etc. We want to assure you that this is a risk free transaction which will be concluded in two weeks after we receive the above information. We are going to create a contract in your company’s name, back-date it to 2006 to 2007, get all the official payment approvals and have the fund officially transferred to your account in your bank. Don’t be worried about how we can do this; just take care of your side. You do not need to come to Nigeria for this, unless you want to meet with us first. We expect to hear from you urgently. Yours Sincerely, Air vice Marshal Larry Koiyan (Rtd.)