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Fraud email example:
From: prdwb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 05:16:10 -0800
Subject: Urgent And Confidential
DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY
391 ANDRIES STREET
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as we are using the only secured and
confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/partnership in a business transaction which
is of mutual benefit.
I am a member of the Federal Government of South Africa Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in
the Department Of Minerals and Energy (DME) Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm
in DME by my Committee. This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M. U. S. Dollars. This
was done deliberately.The over-invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the project. We
now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with DME into any Overseas Account
which we expect you to provide for us.
For providing the account where we shall remit the money into, you will beentitled to 20% of the
money,70% will be for me and my partners while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to cover
any expenses that may be incurred by us during the course of this transfer,both locally and
It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of this nature described here. The
assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies.
More often than not, big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and
subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.
We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Reserve Bank of South Africa, as well as the
Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and transferred if
we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is
successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all documents used from all the
concerned Government Ministries for 100% security.
We are ordinary civil servants and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get rich.
We want this money to be transferred to the overseas Accounts for us, before the present Democratic
Government starts Auditing all Federal Government owned Parastatals.
Please contact me immediately through my phone numbers above whether or not you are interested in
this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where
you are interested, kindly email me with my private email address email@example.com,for further
details upon your acceptance of this proposal. as time is of the essence in this business.
I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation,