This email with the subject "This is an opportunity." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 03 Jan 2007 07:37:30 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Jonathan R. Lloyd" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir, The South African Economy has witnessed a steady growth since the end of Apartheid. Within the Department of Minerals and Energy where I worked as director of Auditing and Project Implementation, Mining and Quarrying alone contributes 12.3% GD (R25.9Billion), Gold made up R19.9Billion of the yearly export while Base metals and other mineral products contribute R6.7Billion and R5.0 Billion 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 to solicit your partnership in a matter I believe will be of mutual benefit to us. This would require your trust and capability to work with me with your genuine cooperation according to instructions. I and two other colleagues involved in this transaction are still in active government service with the Ministry of Minerals & Energy and we are in dire need of a Foreign Partner to assist us in the receipt and investment of USD$21,700,000.00 (Twenty One Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). The key issue is the transfer of the said sum to an account that will be provided by you for this purpose for safekeeping and subsequent investment in a profitable venture. We are ready to go into an agreement with you regarding your percentage in this transaction. It does not matter whether or not you own a company; we shall guide you on what to do. The basis will be that a major company won a contract and subcontracted it to you. More often, big trading companies and firms of unrelated fields win contracts and subcontract to more specialized firms for execution. We shall follow strictly all the legal procedures entailed in our laws and international laws in transferring the funds to you. The source of the funds is legitimate and authoritative; our caucus extends from my Department to the Ministry of Finance. If you are interested and can prove yourself to be trustworthy then we can do this transaction with you. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope you will not disappoint me. Should you be willing to assist positively with a common goal, endeavour to contact me immediately through my email address firstname.lastname@example.org I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. Yours Faithfully, Jonathan R. Lloyd Jrlloyd2001@yahoo.co.uk