This email with the subject "Request for assistance from me." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 07 Aug 2007 09:19:18 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, BUSINESS PROPOSAL: TRANSFER OF $15.6M -FIFTEEN MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) & BUSINESS INVESTMENTS PARTNERSHIP. I greet you most respectfully. First, I am obliged to solicit for your assistance in this transaction without any intention to violate your instinct.This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. I am Alhaji Gamso Jimeta, lately a supervisory director at the Ministry of Petroleum, now a Secretary of the Contract Award and Monitoring Committee (CAMC) of the Petroleum (Special) Development Trust Fund (PDTF) for the Independent Republic of Nigeria. Sometime ago, to be precise by mid-last year, contracts were awarded to a conglomerate of multinational and indigenous companies by my committee on behalf of PDTF.These contracts was over-invoiced to the tune of US $15.6 million USD in total. This was done deliberately in a deal by members of my committee to benefit from the project so that we will not retire to a life of penury after putting in many years in the civil service working as gaggle of struggling individuals without any adoption assistance programme from the government. We now desire to transfer the money, which is presently lying in a suspense account of PDTF at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) into an overseas account which we expect you to provide for a commission. We have agreed that the following funds will be shared thus after it has been paid into your account; a) 20% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the fund. b) 10% has been set aside as an abstract projection for reimbursement to both parties for incidental expenses that may be incurred in the course of the transaction. c) 70% to us the government officials (which we wish to commence a joint business in conjunction with you when we come for sharing). For this matter, I would require; a) Name and address of Company/Beneficiary. b) Your Personal telephone and Fax numbers . The above information would be used to make formal application; as a matter of procedure to the government remittance institutions for the release of the money and onward transfer to your nominated bank account. It does not matter whether or not your company or you does contract projects of the nature described here, the assumption is that you won a major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies. More often than not, big trading companies or individuals of unrelated field win major contracts and subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts. This simple principle in contract business is the cardinal element of support on which we rest our backs for the actualization of this mutually beneficial transaction. More imortantly,we have strong and reliable connections and contacts at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubts at all that this money will be released and transferred if we get the necessary foreign partners to assist us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is successfully concluded we shall through the same connections withdraw all documents used in the execution of this deal from all the concerned government ministries for 100% security. Fundamentally, however, we want this money to be transferred to the foreign account which you are going to provide bearing in mind that our civil service code of conduct forbids us as civil servants from owning foreign company or running foreign account. Though all expenses regarding the account opening if not already in existence shall be borne by you and reimbursable as already stated above on conclusion of business. Please acknowledge the receipt of this mail. I am counting on your discretion to keep this matter close to your chest alone with your mouth tight-lipped to enable us achieve our targets. I do not mean to enforce attitude from you but our present sedentary positions of still working in the civil service demands that we must remain sticklers for etiquettes. With due respect, I crave for your understanding here. On all sides, and should you think we can have an agreeable and productive time together with real interest on the subject, kindly send me a mail through my confidential email account -(firstname.lastname@example.org)-so that I can brief you further with the blue print details of the master plan to ensure a successful transfer of these fund to your account to our collective benefit. I wait in anticipation of your co-operation to assisting me in this transaction, even as I do not seek to buy my way into improving the life of myself when I retire. Sincerely, Alhaji Gamso Jimeta.