A Scam Email with the Subject "Proposition!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 20 Jun 2006 06:18:38 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Jonathan R. Lloyd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Equatorial Guinea’s embassy insists the money, which was released back to the country, belongs to the government. "Attributing that money to President Obiang’s personal wealth is like saying a person who runs a hospital is worth the amount of revenue the hospital generates,” the embassy spokesperson wrote in an e-mail. A half dozen other sources disagree. "They may say it is the country’s money, but the president does control everything," says Arvind Ganesan, a director at Human Rights Watch who has studied how the Equatorial Guinea government uses its oil revenue, "Under Obiang, the country's wealth is basically a Presidential ATM." So they say. Now that this report has been made public, the President has decided that some deposits made with particular banks in Europe be diverted so as to retain them, therefore, I want to inform you that by virtue of my position as a special duties coordinator to the President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, I have the honour of nominating and appointing you as a front. All we need or require of you is your cooperation, that is you make available a business name we could incorporate and present to complete this contract. Making available also three names of the company directors. All other details will be made known on receipt of your response. We assume you will understand the responsibilities, the confidentiality and of course the trust bestowed on you as a result of this project. I know this is unexpected but I have come to know that the best things in life come unexpected. You alone are privy to this information by virtue of my nominating and appointing you. Please, do get back to me as soon as possible for details. Thank you. Jonathan R. Lloyd. For Special Duties.