A Scam Email with the Subject "Assistance" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 10 Jul 2005 22:30:53 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "MARCUS BOTHA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL Engineer Marcus Botha Shell Petroleum South Africa. E-mail: email@example.com Attn: MANAGING DIRECTOR/PRESIDENT/CEO Dear Sir/Madam,I am Engineer Marcus Botha, a Director of the Contracts Award and review Department with the Shell petroleum South Africa. I am contacting you on the business of transferring the sum of US$20,500,000.00.(Twenty Million, five Hundred thousand United States Dollars only) into a safe foreign account and the need is very urgent. I got your contact from the South-Africa Chambers of Commerce and it is with business trust that made me to contact you on this matter.I write to solicit for the transfer of this money into your account. This Money was generated from an over Invoiced contract sum in my corporation.I am contacting you for your help and partnership for the following two reasons:
(1) As a civil servant, I am not permitted to own foreign accounts due to civil service code of conduct. (2) My present financial resources as a civil servant will not be sufficient for me to handle the transfer alone successfully without financial assistance from a reliable foreign partner abroad like you. 20% of this sum would be for you as compensation for using your Bank account in transferring this money, 5% would be used to re-imburse the expenses made by both parties during the processing of the transfer which includes, telephone bills, aveling expenses and fees. While 75% is for me. Please note that I will arrange to meet with you immediately after the successful conclusion of the transfer, the 75% share of mine will be used for investment overseas. Your assistance and co-operation is highly needed. I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free. If you are interested I will require your banking information as mentioned below:
1. Name to be used as beneficiary and beneficiary address. 2. Your private and confidential telephone/ fax number(s)and Cell phone. 3. Your bank name and address, your bank Telephone and fax number(s).I hope to conclude this business within the next fourteen- (14) working days.Looking forward to your anticipated and urgent positive response via e-mail. at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best regards, Marcus Botha