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From: "Mr. George Poyser" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 11:43:08 +0200
Subject: SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE & ECONOMIC AFFAIRS( GOOD
*DEPARTMENT** **OF** FINANCE & ECONOMIC AFFAIRS JOHANNEBURG,*
*Tel:** **+**27** 73 560 7882*
*URGENT** **BUSINESS** **PROPOSAL*
After my official enquiry from the foreign trade office of the chambers of c
industry here in Johannesburg South Africa, I decided to contact you but I
disclose the intention to anyone else because of the delicate nature of the
found your profile very interesting and decided to reach you directly to s
olicit for your
assistance and guidelines in making a business investment and transfer of
US$25,500,000.00(Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) to your
country within the next few days.
Please I must plead for your confidence in this transaction. I am a high pla
working with Department of (Finance & Economic Affairs) in Johannesburg. I
two other colleagues are currently in need of a silent foreign partner whose
we can use to transfer this sum of money. But at this moment, I am constr
issue more details about this profitable business investment until I get your
by email, please if you can take out a moment of your very busy schedule t
respond back to my private email below for more details and include your pri
telephone number in your response which I and my colleagues will highly appr
This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission from foreign contracts, t
our private connections.
The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from the bank here in South Afr
ica to any
overseas beneficiary confirmed by us as associate/receiver. By virtue of our
positions as civil servants in my country, we cannot acquire this money in
names. Because as high placed civil servants, we are not allowed by the civ
service code of conduct to own or operate bank accounts outside of our shore
the other hand, it is not safe for us to keep the money here due to unstable
environment. I have been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to
an overseas silent partner who could work with us to facilitate transfer oft
his fund for
our mutual benefit, Hence the reason for this email.
My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as f
15% to you as commission for your co-operation and assistance in facilitating
transfer, while the remaining 85% belongs to me and two colleagues. You will
free to take out your commission immediately after the money hits your acc
your country. Since our objective is to invest the money in a foreign count
ry, it would
be appreciated if you could also help us with advices and direction on inves
profitable ventures in your country.
However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to further as
sist us with
investing the money, we can end our cooperation after you make available to
part of the money. The transaction, although discreet, is legitimate and the
will be transferred successfully with all necessary back-up official documen
showing the legitimate source/origin of fund.
The transfer will be effected within a period not longer than two weeks as s
oon as we
reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response indicating y
interest for processing the transfer. I plead with you on one issue, whether
interested or not, kindly do not expose this information to any one else. I
the transaction is legitimate and without any risks either to us or yourself
give me your response immediately by returning this mail through my alternat
email address. Georgepoyser1956@gmail.com
Mr. George Poyser.
Finance & Economic