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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 13:32:54 +0200
Subject: Department Of Minerals And Energy
Department Of Minerals And Energy,
Pretoria, South Africa. Date: 10th March., 2005
From: Engr. Paul Ndlovu
Tel: Fax: +27-76-1296-538
Attention: President / C.E.O
I am Engineer Paul Ndlovu, Director of Project,
South Africa Ministry of Minerals And Energy
Resources. 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
First and foremost, I 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 hereunder for the
benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a
top secret because of the nature of this transaction.
My colleagues and I used our official position to
influence the award of a contract to a foreign company
based on a gentleman agreement that a certain
percentage of the total contract value will be given
to us. The foreign contracting firm has executed the
contract and the contract amount paid less
US$20,500,000.00 (Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand
US Dollars). Which represent the percentage which we
agreed should be given to us Since the present
Government is determined to pay foreign contractors
all debts owed, so as to maintain good relationship
with foreign governments and non-government agencies,
we intend to include our bills for approvals with the
Department of Finance.
We are seeking your assistance to enable us claim the
money since as civil servant we are not allowed to
operate foreign accounts. Details shall be worked out
in line with this to enable us claim the money without
the slightest problem. I have the authority of my
partners involved to propose that should you be
willing to assist us in this transaction your share as
compensation will be US$5.125m (25%), while my
colleagues and I receive US$13.325m (65%) and the
balance of US$2.5m (10%) for miscellaneous expenses
that may be incurred by either party.
The business is completely safe and secure, provided
you treat it with utmost confidentiality. It does not
matter whether You/your Company does contracts, as
transfer of powers will be secured in favor of
You/your Company. Also, your area of specialization is
not a hindrance to the successful execution of this
transaction. We have reposed confidence in you and
hope that you will not disappoint us.
Kindly notify me by fax sending your secured telephone
and fax numbers for further details upon your
acceptance of this proposal.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
Eng. Paul Ndlovu