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From: moks tebe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 01:28:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
ADD: NO-2 LOUIS BOTHA AVE.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
BUSINESS ASISTANCE USD27MILLION-BUSINESS AND
I will begin by introducing myself to you as the Chief Accounting Officer, Department of Energy and Mineral resources, Republic of South Africa I have the privilege of having your name, courtesy of one of the International Business Journals here, and I am writing to solicit your sincere co-operation in order to redeem an investment
interest currently being held under TRUST with the DEPARTMENT of ENERGY and MINERAL RESOURCES. The said investment, which is, now valued at USD27M was originally purchased by MR.GARVIN MALUSI and leased in 1999 to LABROUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED.
At maturity of the contract in May 2003, several attempts have been made without success, to contact Mr. GARVIN MALUSI or any of his relatives in whose favour the cash value for the redeemed investment could be made. As the Head of accounts in the Department, I have, with my Director General (DG) carefully initiated the process of filing a claim for the money with the hope of having the Fund Transferred abroad for investment on our behalf and, we are hopeful you will agree with our intention to arrange payment of the claim in your name.
We require that you let us prepare and file the claim for the money from this Department indicating your name as the appointed beneficiary of the FUND. Upon approval of the payment of this claim, you will be paid TWENTY SEVEN MILLION United States Dollars (USD27 Million), and since the money will be paid directly into a bank account to be nominated by you, you will have the responsibility to ensure that we receive our share of the money which I and my colleague have decided will be 70% while you will keep 25% as your personal commission, and 5% will be set aside for expenses that might arise during the cause of transfer.
I have to assure you however, that we are to make the payment of the Fund possible, provided you are ready to meet with us and give us a very strong GUARANTEE that our share of the fund will be secured in your Hands and that you would not betray our trust in making the transfer of the Fund into your Bank account. This is a very safe and risk-free involvement as it is not prone to any Enquirer since we are all active partners and will not want to loose our positions in Government and the Department. Meanwhile I demand that you keep this transaction very Private and confidential in view of our personal involvements.
Full details of the processes for the claim will be provided as soon as we receive your response and acceptance to be part of this agreement expect the immediate indication of your interest by numbers above or alternatively e-mail. Kindly adopt and treat accordingly.
NB. Remember to include your private phone and fax number.
MR MOKS THEBE
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