This email with the subject "ATTN: GOOD FRIEND(REPLY ASAP)" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 18 Feb 2006 16:12:58 -0800 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was Ministry of Mineral and Energy Resources <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
ATTN: GOOD FRIEND(REPLY ASAP) 18th February,2006 TENDERS COMMITTEE DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY RESOURCES, SENATE HOUSE, ABUJA-NIGERIA Dear Friend/Partner, I am Dr Marcus Hawkins a native of the Niger Delta Area of Nigeria and Director of Project Implementation,Nigerian Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources. I am making this contact with you based on the committee's need for an individual/company who is willing to assist us with a solution to a money transfer. First and foremost,I apologize using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction. Within the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources where I work as Director of Project Implementation and with the cooperation of four other top officials,we have in our possession as overdue payment bills totaling Sixteen Million,Two Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars , which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. Moreso, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the Nigeria Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction. This amount represents 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. Though the actual contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Key tested Telegraphic Transfer (K.T.T) to any foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an application through the Ministry of Justice here in Abuja-Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you. I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction, your share of the sum will be negotiated and funds for miscellaneous expenses shall be set aside . The business itself is safe, on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. Endeavor to contact me immediately through my personal e-mail address including your confidential telephone number to enable me contact you for further details or to confirm 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. I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured and please, remember to treat this matter very confidential , because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service. Once again, remember that time is of great essence in this transaction. I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. Yours faithfully, Dr Marcus Hawkins(Ph.D) N/B:SEND IN YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com