A Scam Email with the Subject "REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:58:44 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "STELLA SIGCAU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
DEAR SIR/MADAM, REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US30.5M Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) First, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Stella Sigcau, a mother of three children and the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17 June 1999) to date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR THABO MBEKI. You can view my profile at my website: http://www.gov.za/gol/gcis_profile.jsp?id=1068 THE PROPOSAL After the swearing in ceremony making me the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17 June 1999) , my husband Mr. Edelebe Sigcau died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a South African bank which had her offshore House in Europe. This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him. I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date. If they discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South Africa and this will definitely affect my political career in Government. I want your assistance in claiming these funds through my Attorney who will take care of the documentation so that this fund could be wired into your account directly without any hitch. As soon as the fund gets to your account, you are expected to move it immediately into another personal bank account in your country. I will see to it that the account is not traced from South Africa. As soon as you have confirmed the fund into your account, I will send my eldest son with my Attorney to come to your country to discuss on business investments. SHARING PERCENTAGE For your assistance, I am offering you 20% of the principal sum, which amounts to US$6,100.000.00 (Six million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) however, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email. Due to my sensitive position in the South African Government, I would not WANT you to call me on phone or send a fax to me. All correspondence must be by my private email address. email@example.com If you want to speak with my Attorney, that is fine and okay by me. His chambers will be representing my interest at the BANK. All correspondence must be made either to my Attorney Barrister Smit Pirres, of Smit Jones And Pratt Chambers or send me an email. I will also like you to give me your contact address; telephone and fax to enable my Attorney call or reach you from time to time. Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT CALL ME! If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family. Yours faithfully, MRS. STELLA SIGCAU Minister of Public Works, South Africa.