A Scam Email with the Subject "US$28.5M BUSINESS PROPOSAL" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 11:30:10 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Mr. Philip" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
It is my profound intention to make this mutually benefiting but confidential business proposal to you. My name is Dr. Philip Ezoma the Contract Award Committee Chairman in the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC). I know that this proposal may come to you as a surprise, but I would like to appeal for your co-operation to enable us secure an approval for a total sum of US$28.5Million being the over invoiced contract amount for a wire transfer to your nominated bank account. Early last year there was a major oil spillage in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria which rendered over 70% of the communities homeless. So the federal government decided to lease the three existing petroleum refineries to private individuals and companies to make the refineries more viable, resourceful and to eliminate undue wastage and fraud. So contracts were awarded to a foreign firm for the repair and construction of new refineries, but because of the huge monetary profit we envisaged we decided to over-invoice the contract sum. The real contract value was US$91.5Million, but it was over estimated to the tune of US$120Million. Now the contract has been completed and the original contractor has since been paid, but the contract balance of US$28.5Million, which resulted from the over invoiced contract sum is been left in a suspense account with the CENTRAL BANK corresponding paying bank in Europe. I have been assigned by my other colleagues to seek for assistance of a reliable foreigner through whom we can transfer this sum of US$28.5Million which arose from the deliberate over-inflated contract value. It does not matter whether you or your company does contract project of the nature described here, but the assumption is that you won a major contract and subcontracted it to another company, more often non big trading companies or individuals of unrelated field win major contracts here and subcontracts same to more specialized firms for execution. So the nature of your business is not particularly relevant for the success of this transaction. All we require is your willingness as a foreigner to co-operate with us and assurance that our own share will be given to us when this money is transferred into your account. Then we shall use our position to secure all the government approvals in your favor to enable the transfer to your nominated bank account. We have agreed that you will be entitled to 25% of the entire funds, 70% will be for us, while 5% will be set aside to cover any unforeseen expenses that may be incurred by both parties during this transaction, both local and international. Please I enjoin you to handle this transaction with utmost degree of maturity and confidentiality because I am still in active government service with the NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION. All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure a no risk situation on the sides of both parties and it is believed that the conclusion of this transaction will not last more than 8 working days, since the money is already in transit account with the corresponding paying bank in Europe. However, we are going to retrieve the whole documents that will relate to this transaction after the transfer of the money into your account to avoid any trace of the money. I will call you when I receive your direct telephone number to discuss this more with you and also send you all the details immediately as I receive your reply. Please treat as very confidential matter. Much Regards, Dr. Philip Ezoma Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org