Scam Emails Archive : Advance Fee Fraud/419

Subject: Business Proposal

From: Maxwell Hugo <>

This email with the subject "Business Proposal" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:07:21 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.

The sender was Maxwell Hugo <>, although it may have been spoofed.



I am a mining services consultant. Mr. Maxwell Hugo (I shall provide you with more details on my background later). I have worked for South Africa department of mineral and energy as project director and now ESKOM. At the moment, I am a consultant for several mining companies advising them on liquefied natural gas exports and storage but the government wants me to be the new spoke person of South African airways (SAA)

The South Africa economy has witnessed a steady growth since the end of Apartheid. Within the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources where I worked as director of Auditing and Project Implementation, Mining and Quarrying alone contributes 12.3% GDP (R25.9Billion), Gold made up R19.9Billion of the yearly export while Base metals and other mineral products contribute R6.7Billion and R5.0Billion respectively. This figure excludes Diamond, which is quoted separately.

The Government has continuously strived to improve and maintain good relationship with foreign governments and Non-Governmental financial agencies by ensuring payments for all debts owed to foreign contractors. As a matter of fact, the Government has sponsored several trade delegations overseas to improve and attract foreign investments to South Africa.

I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to tune of Thirty Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$35.7) which we want to keep safely overseas under your supervision. In other words, we would like you to receive the said funds on our behalf. The Funds were derived over time from a project awarded to a foreign firm by my Department, and presently the actual contract cost have been paid to the original project executors, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principle obtained approval to remit overseas.

Currently, as a Director of Projects at The Department of Minerals & Energy here in Pretoria; we have the authority and approval of my partners involved in this transaction to compensate you with 40% for your participation.

This endeavor has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat it with the utmost discretion. You are advised to come back for further clarification; write me on

I await in anticipation your fullest co-operation.

Yours Faithful
Mr. Maxwell Hugo
Director, Project Implementation