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From: Western Union Payment Office
Subject: Attention; Esteemed Customer,
Attention; Esteemed Customer,
Greetings from Western Union®Money Transfer Agent Location, PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6992,LAGOS NIGERIA .
We are in receipt of your fund ($950.000.00 USD) ( NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) deposited here by The International monetary fund (IMF) to be transferred to you. For security reasons and to safe guard of your fund,
It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay.
Having said all this, it’s my great pleasure to inform you that the first sum of $4,500.00 has being sent in your address today.
Below are the details of the transaction;our website for tracking your MTCN.
Money Transfer Control Number: 1513604581
Receivers Namee: ABUBAKAR AZHARY
Sender’s name ; LAURA FRY
Sender’s Address: PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6992, Lagos
Country: Nigeria Republic
Amount Transferred: US$4,500
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Please note that the above transaction has not been authorized to pick up, the reason why you cannot pick up the USD$4,500.00 right now is because the service fee has not been send to us which is the only fee that is on holding your first pay-out today, on which without the service fee your fund cannot be authorized to pick up, so in your best interest, I hereby advised you to send the services fee so that we will mail you the Sender’s Name and AUTHORIZED the pick up of your first pay-out today, you can be able to pick up your payment at any western union agent location in your state.
Service fee covers the cost of services rendered when administering &maintaining a third-party transaction to a beneficiary that is not living within the country which the fund is being deposited, service fee is usually one percent (1%) of the deposited fund and it is under normal conditions to paid by the beneficiary of a third-party transaction. The applicable registration and transfer fees have been paid by the depositor.
The reason why the service fee cannot be deducted from your fund is because your fund has been insured by the depositor, this is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the national monetary act as adopted in 1999 and amended on 3rd July 2004 by the constitutional assembly. This is to protect beneficiary and to avoid misappropriation of funds.
So you have to send the service fee of $55.00 to the payment information stated below to enable us authorize your fund to pick up.
Receiver’s Name: Mr. ENUGWU EZENNIA
Country: Republic Nigeria.
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*The service fee should be sent to us today, failure to meet up with this will lead to automatic transaction cancellation.
Send the following details via e-mail to this office for prompt clearance:
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):…………………………..
If you have questions or need assistance, our team is here to help. You can still, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Frank Ashley
Western Union Home
Western Union Money Transfer Agent Location, EMS Post Office.
Registered No: 1026167. Head Office: PO Box 6992 Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6992, lagos Nigeria Republic.
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