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From: "MR KELVIN WILLIAMS" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:58:11 +0200
Subject: BUSINESS INVESTMENT PROPOSAL ANGLOGOLD S/A
OFFICE ADDRESS: 122-127 BOKSBURG RD. JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA.
Tel: +27-76-6371-881 Fax :+27:86-515-7889
ATTN: PRESIDENT/ CEO.
It is with trust and confidence that I write to reveal this urgent business
proposal to you.I was assigend bymy colleagues to find a foreign partner who
will assist us in provinding an overseas bank account for the transfer 0f
US$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)The actual contract
value was US$120 Million (ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS ONLY), But
my colleagues and I being member of the contract award/review committee over
inflated the contract sum toO US$130 Million (ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY MILLION
DOLLARS ONLY),with the intention of sharing of the remaining balance of
We therefore want to transfer out of the country in our favour for
disbursement among ourselves the sum of US$10 Million only. Also we agreed
that if you/your company can act as the beneficiary of this fund,We will
transfer the fund to your account and you will retain 30% of the total fund
for the assistance rendered,while 65% will be for us and balance of 5% will
be set aside for expenses that might be incurred by both parties during the
process of the fund transfer.The transaction will take ten working days.We
request you co-operate with us and provide a convenient account number in
desiganated bank where this fund can be safely transferred to,We intend to
come over there on the completion of fund transfer to secure our
share.Please,note we have been careful and work out all the modalities for
the smooth transfer of the fund to your chosen account before contacting
Therefore,you are advised not to expose this propsal to anybody for the
purpose of security and it's and confidential nature,We also believe you
would not sit on our money when transfer into account in your account as you
will get your 100% share.Be rest assure that this transaction is 100% risk
free, If this proposal is accepted please contact us through the Tel number:
+27-76-6371-881 or my direct email (firstname.lastname@example.org),By indicating
your interest and sending the following to us : Bank account
number/address/telephone,fax,telex,swift/code number/name of beneficiary
e.t.c.Note that the particular nature of your businessdoes not necessarily
matter in this transaction.
Thanks for your anticipated response.
Mr.Kelvin williams (RTD)