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Fraud email example:
From: "Manga Saleh" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 08:43:54 -0700
I am Mr.Manga Saleh, Director of Project Implementation South Africa
Department of Mineral & Energy. First and foremost, I apologized using
this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude. Be
informed that I got your particulars from a member of the South Africa
Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) who was at the Government delegation
to your country during a trade exhibition. 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 Minerals & Energy where I work as a Director
of Project Implementation and with the co-operation of other officials,
we have in our possession as overdue payment bills totaling Sixteen
Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$16,400,000.00)
which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and co-operation 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 (US$16.4m) 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
approvals 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 propose that should you
be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share of the sum will
be 20% of the US$16.4 million, 70% for us and 5% for taxation and
miscellaneous expenses and the remaining 5% will be for charity
Organization. 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 above confidential
tel or fax number, whether or not you are interested in this deal.
I want to assure you that myself and my partners 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 as very confidential matter, because we
will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active
Government Service, it is pertinent to inform you that time is of the
essence in this transaction.
I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.
MR. Manga Saleh