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From: "markzuma2" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 01:50:17 -0800
Subject: TRANSFER OF USD, 9.5 MILLION FOR INVESTMENT.
Mr. Mark Zuma
No.102 minor street
Johannesburg, South Africa.
TRANSFER OF USD, 9.5 MILLION FOR INVESTMENT.
May I have the pleasure of introducing myself, I am Mr. Mark
Zuma, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION in South
Africa, Department of Labuor and Land Affairs. I got your
contact information from an International Directory on
Lawyer and Tax Advisors in my request to find a reliable and
trustworthy person in whom I can repose confidence for
Colossal International Money Transfer.My aim of sending this
Business Proposal to you is to solicit for your assistance
and co-operation to transfer some huge amount of money into
your designated account overseas.
Therefore, this communication should be held in high
confidence. My colleague and I in the Department of Labuor
and Land Affairs wish to transfer into a safe and secure
account overseas, the sum of US$9.5 Million (Nine Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). This money is
over-invoiced amount from contract we awarded to foreign
contractors who have been duly paid on completion of their
various contracts. This money right now is in a coded
account in the Reserve Bank of South Africa.
However, by virtue of our position as civil servants, we
cannot acquire this money in our names or the names of
companies here in South Africa. I was therefore asked by my
colleagues on trust and sincerity to look for a reliable
international business partner abroad into whose account the
sum of USD, 9.5 Million (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) will be transferred into. We have
agreed on the following sharing ratio if you accept our
(1). 70% (Seventy Percent) for us.
(2). 25% (Twenty five Percent) for you the account owner.
(3). 5% (Five Percent) will be for the expenses
My choice of you in this transaction is basically hanged on
your field and profession as a business idealist hence this
business proposal. If you are interested in this deal, we
will require the following from you in order to effect
transfer of the money:Your private/companys names,
address phones and fax numbers. 2 Your banks name, address,
phone and fax number and your account number where the money
will be executed, and then file the letter of claims apply
for payments to your company. For avoidance of doubt, all
documents will be backdated if need be.
Please be informed that we shall commence processing of
claims of payments to you once we are in receipt of the
information required from you, and the money will get into
your account within (fourteen) working days by best means of
transfer. Note that this transaction is 100% risk free.Do
acknowledge the receipt of this letter through send me a
return mail indicating your interest. Do not hesitate to ask
any questions in respect of this business proposal. Note. We
have made arrangement for the smooth transaction .
Thanks as I await for your immediately reply .
Mr. Mark Zuma.