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From: "frank jame" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 11:59:40 +0200
Subject: EMAIL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY,
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA.
ATTN: Mr. Mrs
CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT.
It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my
colleagues. Your information was given to me by a member of the South
African Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) who was with the Government
delegation on a trip to your country for a bilateral conference talk to
encourage foreign investors. I have decided to seek a confidential
co-operation with you in the execution of the deal hereunder for the
benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it confidential because of
the nature of this business.
Within the Department of Minerals & Energy where I work as a Director of
Audit and Project Implementation and with the co-operation of two other top
officials, we have in our possession an overdue payment in US funds.
The said funds represent certain percentage of the total contract value
executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which
we the officials over-invoiced to the amount of
US$26.500,000.00(TwentySix Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars).
Though the actual
contract cost has been paid to the original contractor, leaving the excess
Since the present elected Government is determined to pay foreign
contractors all debts owed, so as to maintain good relationship with
foreign governments and non-government agencies, we included our bills for
approvals with the Department of Finance and the South Africa Reserve Bank
(SARB). We are seeking your assistance to front as beneficiary of the
unclaimed funds, since we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts.
Details and change of beneficiary information upon application for claim
to reflect payment and approvals will be secured on behalf of you/your
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$6.625m (25%), while my colleagues and I receive US$17.225m (65%) and
the balance of US$2.650m (10%) for taxation and miscellaneous expenses
The business is completely safe and secure, provided you treat it with
utmost confidentiality. It does not matter whether you/your Company does
contract projects, as a transfer of powers will be secured in favour of
you/your Company. 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 us.
Thanks for your co-operation.
N.B Please email your confidential Telephone number to enable me contact
you for further clarifications.