This email with the subject "PLEASE TREAT URGENT AND HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 05 Jul 2007 12:40:59 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was firstname.lastname@example.org, although it may have been spoofed.
From: Dr.James Mokoka. Department of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa REPLY TO:email@example.com Hello! It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my colleagues.Your information was given to me by a member of the South African Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) who was with the Government delegation on a trip to overseas country for bilateral conference talks to encourage foreign investors. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it confidential because of the nature of this business. Within the Department of Minerals & Energy where I work as a Director of Audit and Project Implementation and with the co-operation of three other top officials, we have in our possession an overdue payment in US Dollar funds. The said funds represent certain percentage of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced to the amount of US$31.500,000.00}(Thirty One Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars). Though the actual contract cost has been paid to the original contractor,leaving the excess balance unclaimed.Since the present Government is determined to pay all foreign contractor's debts owed in order to maintain good relationship with foreign governments and non-governmental agencies. We intend to include our bills for approvals with the Department of Finance and the Contracts Award and Payments Committee. So we are seeking your assistance to front as beneficiary of the unclaimed funds,since we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts. Details and change of beneficiary information upon application for claim to reflect payment and approvals will be secured on behalf of you/your company. I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction your share as compensation will be so negotiated and agreed upon by both you and we on this side,before further details will change hands to enhance our primary objective. The mode of sharing after a successful transfer of the money into your account, shall be 70% to my colleagues and I, for the role you will be expected to play in this deal, we have agreed to give you 25% of the total sum and 5% for the expenses we are going to encounter by the two parties at the course of this transaction. The business is completely safe and secure, provided you treat it with utmost confidentiality. It does not matter whether you/your company does contract projects as a transfer of powers will be secured in favor of you/your company to settle any legality. 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 us. I expect your urgent response to enable us conclude this transaction urgently without any hitch. Kindly notify me via my email for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal. Thanks for your co-operation. Regards, Dr.James Mokoka Department of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa Please respond to this mail. EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org Alt:email@example.com