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Fraud email example:
From: "Maxwell Kaya (Dr)" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 09:45:53 -0700
Subject: AFTER DUE CONSIDERATION
From the Desk of Dr. Maxwell Kaya
Director, Audit & Project Implementation
DEPARTMENT OF WORKS & ENERGY
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT
I write to use this medium as a means of reaching out to you to make a request.
I am making this contact with you based on the committee's need for an individual/company
who is willing to assist us with a solution to a funds transfer. In unfolding
this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person
to handle this transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality. I
have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution
of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope
you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.
Within the Department of Energy where I work as a Director of Project and
contract award committee and with the co-operation of two other top officials,
we have in our possession as overdue payment bills totaling Twenty-One Million,
Five Hundred Thousand U. S Dollars (US$21.5m) which we want to transfer
abroad with the assistance and co-operation of a foreign company/individual
to receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company
account to receive such funds. More so, we are handicapped in these circumstances,
as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate
offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction. This amount
represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of
my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced
deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been paid to the original
contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we
have in principles got approval to remit by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T) to
any foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an application through
the Justice Department here in South Africa for the transfer of rights and
privileges of the former contractor to you
I have the authority of my partners involved to discuss on the modalities
of sharing with you. Your share of the entire sum will be 22.3%, while 46.6%
for us and 31.1% for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The business itself
has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat it with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality. Also, your area of specialization is not a
hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed
my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. I wait in
anticipation of your fullest co-operation. You can use the above email to
contact me,to entertain any questions concerning the clarity
of this transaction.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.