This email with the subject "OVER INFLUENCE CONTRACT INVOICE-" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 10 May 2009 08:48:43 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Engr Chris Douglas"<email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Department of Mineral & Energy (DME). Republic of Burkina Faso, Pretoria. My Dear Prospective Partner. ( OVER INFLUENCE CONTRACT INVOICE- ) I am Engr.Chris Douglas, a 41 years old western educated man, from the Republic of Burkina Faso,West Africa. and I am an Engineer working with the Burkina Faso Department of Mining & Energy. First and foremost I apologise for using this medium to reach you for a transaction of this magnitude but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. Be informed that a member of the Burkina Faso Export Promotion Council (BEPC) who was part of my government delegation to your country during a recent Trade Exhibition gave your enviable credentials/particulars to me while assuring me on your competence to handle a business transaction involving a large sum of money with absolute confidentiality. Therefore I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described here under for the benefit of all parties and while hoping you will keep it as top secret because of the nature of this transaction.Withing the Department of Mining & Energy where I work as a Director and with the co-operation of three other top officials,we have in our possession an overdue contract payment bills totalling Four Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars($4,500,000.00). This money which we intend to process its transfer as a form of contract payment into a reliable company/individual account depending on your convenience.Your assistance and co-operation is required due to the circumstances surrounding our work as Government officials whereby the Burkina Faso Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate an Offshore Bank account hence your importance in the whole transaction. Presently,this amount ($4.5M) representing the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately is lying unclaimed in the Government Escrow Bank Account with the Reserve Bank International of Burkina Faso (BIB). We hereby seek your assistance and co-operation that will enable us to process this sum of money to you as a form of contract payment. We have the necessary authority to validate and forward approvals of outstanding contract claims to the Government for final payment on approval through the Reserve Bank International of Burkina Faso. All partners agreed while mandating me to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction, your share of the sum will be 30% of the $4.5 million, 60% will be for us,5% for Charity Organisations and 5% for any expenses incurred during the course of this project including telephone and fax bills. The business itself is 100% LEGAL SAFE on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also note that your area of specialisation is not an hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you while awaiting your prompt response and i know that you will not let me down when the funds have been transferred into any account that you will nominate. Finally on your part,we will appreciate you treat this transaction as confidential as possible,while we assure you of a 100% RISK FREE transaction provided you follow our instruction religiously. I await your confirmation of my message while praying that this will be the begining of a longlife partnership between us. Thank you for your co-operation. Yours faithfully, Engr.Chris Douglas. N.B Please email your confidential Telephone and Fax number to enable me contact you for further clarifications firstname.lastname@example.org