A Scam Email with the Subject "YOUR EXTREMELY URGENT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED !" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 11 Aug 2004 18:52:51 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was firstname.lastname@example.org, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, BUSINESS PROPOSAL: TRANSFER OF US$15.6 M (FIFTEEN MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) & BUSINESS INVESTMENTS PARTNERSHIP . First,I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction,this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret as you were introduced to us in confidence through the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Trade Division which provide databases of most current listings of potential individuals and foreign investors business contact,email addresses and other important information of countries overseas. I am Alhaji Gidado Musa, the Secretary of the Federal government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee (CAMC) of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF). Sometime ago to be precise by early last year, several contracts were awarded to a conglomerate of Foreign Companies by my committee on which i oversee on behalf of PTF, the contracts sum were over-invoiced in all the contracts awarded and amounted to the tune of US $15.6 Million in total.This was done deliberately, as the over-invoicing was a deal by members of my committee to benefit from the project as we intend securing the future of our lives after retirement which is near having put in long service in Government. We now desire to transfer the money,which is presently lying in a suspense of the PTF in a Correspondent Bank of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) into an overseas account which we expect you to provide in assisting us. We have unanimously 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 an important business in conjunction with you as you will be spear heading our own share of this funds to invest in blue chip investments in your country or area of business when we come for sharing I Would Require a) Name and address of Company/ Beneficiary b) Your personal fax and Telephone numbers . c) Your Bank Address and Information The above information would be used to make formal applications as a matter of procedure from the desiginitated Government paying institutions/Government Ministries/Parastatals over here for the release of the money and onward transfer to your nominated account. It does not matter whether or not your company or you does contract projects of this nature as described here, the assumption here is that you won a major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies.As 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 and thus we are confident that with this fact in place ,the transaction will be successfuly executed without any hitches whatsoever. We have strong and reliable connections and strong contacts at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other desiginitated Government paying institutions/Government Ministries/Parastatals who are available and ready to work with us in this and we have no doubts at all that this money will be released and transferred if we get the necessaryforeign partners to assist us in this deal. Therefore,when this business is successfully concluded we shall through the same connections withdraw all documents used in the execution of this transaction from all the concerned government ministries invovled for 100% security. We thus 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 from owning foreign company or running foreign account. All expenses regarding the account opening if not already in existence shall be borne by you,though all expenses are however reimbursable as already stated above on conclusion of business. Please acknowledge the receipt of this mail by getting back to me in the earliest possible time.However,this matter should therefore be treated with utmost secrecy and urgency it deserves bearing in mind and knowing fully well that we are still in active service in Government and have our untarnisahble good records in government books to protect . Please you should signify your intention to assist by you sending me a mail through this box or through my confidential email box (email@example.com) so that I can brief you further with the blue print details of the masterplan carefully scrutinized and outlined for this mutually beneficial transaction so as to give this transaction all the legalities and securitydue it for the transfer of the funds. I wait in anticipation of your co-operation. Yours Faithfully, Alhaji Gidado Musa