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Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 19:43:25 +0200
From the Desk of: Dr Majola Peter B Sc (CTU) M. Sc,P.hd
Director, Project Implementation
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT.
I am Dr Majola Peter, Director of Project Implementation in the
Department of Mineral and Quarry. I am making this contact with you
based on the committee's need for an individual or company who is
willing to assist us with a solution to a money transfer venture. 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-o! peration
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
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 30% of the$14.5 million,
60% for us and 5% for taxation and Miscellaneous expenses and while
balance 5% will go to 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.
Sir, Endeavor to contact me immediately through my email if you are
interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for
another foreign partner to carry out 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.
I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.
N.B Please email your confidential Telephone and Fax numbers to
enable me contact you for further clarifications