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Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. John chaka chaka." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 23:32:59 +0100
Subject: Endeavour to contact me immediately
FROM THE DESK OF:DR. JOHN CHAKA CHAKA
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT
Endeavour to contact me immediately
I am Dr. John chaka chaka, Director of Project, South Africa Department of Mineral and Energy.
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 money transfer. First and foremost
apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this
magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium.
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 Here under 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 Ministry of Mining and Natural
Resources where I work as Director of Project Implementation and with the
Co-operation of four other top officials, we have in our possession as
overdue payment bills totaling Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars (US$14,500,000.) which we want to transfer abroad
with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to
receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company
account to receive such funds.
More so, we are handicapped in the 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 $14.5m 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 gotten approval
to remit by Key tested Telegraphic Transfer (K.T.T) to any foreign bank
account you will provide by filing in an application through the
Ministry of Justice 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 propose that should you
be willing to assist us in the transaction, your share of the sum will
be 20% of the$14.5 million, 70% for us and 5% for taxation and
Miscellaneous expenses and while balance 5% will go to charity organisation.
The business itself is 100%safe, 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.
Endeavor to contact me immediately through my e-mail (email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) contact above to confirm whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable I
scout for another foreign partner to carryout this deal.
I want to assure you that my partners and I are in a position to
make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very
strong Assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured and
please, remember to treat this matter very confidential, because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service.
Once again, remember that time is of great essence in this transaction wait in anticipation of
your fullest co-operation.
Dr. John chaka chaka.
N.B Please you can reach me via this Fax/Tel lines as stated above