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From: "Kenneth Dumasi" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 01:51:40 +0000
Subject: BUINESS TRANSACTION.
>From the Desk of : DR. KENNETH DUMASI (BSc, MSc, PhD, MNIM.)
Dept. Of Minerals & Energy.
The South African Economy has witnessed a steady growth since the end of
Apartheid. Within the Department of Mining, Quarry and Mineral Resources
where I worked as Director of Auditing and Project Implementation. Minerals
& Energy alone contributes 12.3% GDP R25.9Billion), Gold made up
R19.9Billion of the yearly export while Base metals and other mineral
products contribute R6.7Billion and R5.0Billion respectively. This figure
excludes Diamond, which is quoted separately.
The Government continuously strives to improve and maintain good
relationship with foreign governments and Non-Governmental financial
agencies by ensuring payments for all debts owed to foreign contractors. As
a matter of fact, the Government has sponsored several trade delegations
overseas to improve and attract foreign investments to South Africa.I write
to solicit your partnership in a matter I believe will be of mutual benefit
to us. This would require your trust and capability to work with me with
your genuine cooperation according to instructions. I and two other
colleagues involved in this transaction are still in active government
service with the Ministry of Minerals & Energy and we are in dire need of a
foreign partner to assist us in the receipt and investment of US$ 14,500,
000.00 (Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars). The key issue is the transfer of the said sum to an account that
will be provided by you for this purpose for safekeeping and subsequent
investment in a profitable venture. We are ready to go into an agreement
with you regarding your percentage in this transaction.
It does not matter whether or not you own a company, we shall guide you on
what to do. The basis will be that a major company won a contract and
subcontracted it to you. More often, big trading companies and firms of
unrelated fields win contracts and subcontract to more specialized firms for
execution. We shall follow strictly all the legal procedures entailed in our
laws and international laws in transferring the funds to you. The source of
the fund is legitimate and authoritative, our caucus extends from my
Department to the Ministry of Finance.This whole transaction is 100% safe
and will be carried out thoroughly within the confines of the laws of my
It may interest you to know that a few years ago, a similar transaction was
carried out with one Mr. Patrice Miller, The President of Crane
International Trading Corporation, at No. 135, East 57th Street, 28th Floor,
New York, 10022, with Telephone No. (212) 308-7788 and Telex No. 6731680.
After the agreement between the partners, in which he was to take 15% of the
money, which was duly transferred into his account only to be disappointed
on arrival in New York as we were reliably informed that Mr. Patrice Miller
was no longer on that address, while his Telephone and Telex Numbers had
been changed that was how we lost US$21.43M to Mr. Patrice Miller.
This time around we need a more reliable and trustworthy person or a
reputable company to do business with, hence this letter to you. If you are
interested and can prove yourself to be trustworthy then we can carry out
this transaction with you.
I have reposed my confidence in you and hope you will not disappoint
me.Imust mention and buttress emphatically that i am still in active service
here as a civil servant with the South African Government and crave your
indulgence to treat this proposal with utmost confidentiality and maturity
whether or not you are interested.I take no offence in your refusal or
further perusal of this offer. Should you be willing to assist positively
with a common goal, endeavour to contact imeimmediately through my
e-mail.Iwait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.
DR. KENNETH DUMASI (BSc, MSc, Phd, MNIM.)