This email with the subject "Your Kind Assistance Needed Urgently" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:49:20 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Ms. Susan van der Merwe"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Your Attention Needed With Understanding Dear Sir/Ma, After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$3.5M ( Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) First, let me start by introducing myself, I am Susan van der Merwe, Ms. a mother of three children and Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. under the President of South Africa Mr.Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma,Mr. Please view my profile. http://www.info.gov.za/leaders/depmin/foreign2.htm After the swearing in ceremony making me the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in 29th of April 2004, my husband died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in 2004. After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar account which mounted to the sum of US$3.5M with a Financial Institute abroad. This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him. I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from year 2000 to date. If they discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South Africa and this will definitely affect my political career in government,I need your assistance in clearing this money from the Financial Institute.As soon as the fund is cleared, you are expected to move it immediately into another personal bank account in your country..I will see to it that the account is not traced from South Africa. As soon as you have confirmed the fund into your account, I will send my eldest son with my Attorney to come to your country to discuss on business investments. For your assistance, I am offering you (Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund,If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email.Due to my sensitive position in the South African Government, I would not WANT you to call me on phone or send a fax to me. All correspondence must be by email to my private email,If you want to speak with my Attorney, that is fine and okay by me. His chambers will be representing my interest with you. All correspondence must be made to my Attorney, I will also like you to send me the following information below: To enable my Attorney call or reach you from time to time, 1. Your full name 2. Your telephone and fax numbers 3. Your contact address & Your Occupation Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT CALL ME! If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue.Moreover If you are interested kindly reply through my private email: email@example.com Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family. Yours faithfully, Ms. Susan van der Merwe,