This email with the subject "REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP IN RESPECT OF THE TRANSFER OF US$20,000, 000.00 (TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 21 Aug 2007 20:17:54 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MICHEAL STEVENS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir/Madam, REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP IN RESPECT OF THE TRANSFER OF US$20,000,000.00 (TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) I, on behalf of my other colleagues from different Federal Government of Nigeria owned parastatals decided to solicit your assistance as regards the transfer of the above stated amount into your bank account. This fund arose from the over-invoicing of various contracts awarded in my parastatal to certain foreign contractors sometime ago. We as holders of official positions in our various parastatals, were mandated by this new civilian government to scrutinize all payments made to certain foreign contractors by the past military government, and we discovered that some of the contracts they executed were grossly over-invoiced, either by omission or commission. Also, we discovered that the sum of $25,000,000.00 (Twenty-five million American Dollars only) was lying in a suspense account, although the foreign contractors were fully paid their entitlements after executing the said contracts. We all agreed that the over-invoiced amount be transferred (for our own use) into a bank account provided by a foreign partner, as the code of conduct of the Federal civil service does not allow us to operate foreign accounts. However, we have succeeded in transferring some of these monies, precisely US$5M (five million American Dollars only) into a foreign account in GENEVA (SWITZERLAND) last week, but unfortunately the provider of the account has severed all forms of contacts with us as he has refused to adhere to our earlier mutual agreement insisting that the total amount be paid into his nominated bank account before disbursement will take effect. If for US$5.Million (Five million only) we are not compensated, how can one guarantee full compensation on remittance of the balance of US$20 million (Twenty million American dollars only). We are therefore seeking your assistance based on the balance amount of US$10 Million which can be speedily processed and fully remitted into your nominated bank account. On successful remittance of the fund into your account, you will be compensated with 25% of the amount for assistance and services and 5% set aside for expenses contingency while 70% is for me and my colleagues This transaction is closely knitted and in view of our SENSITIVE POSITION we cannot afford a slip, I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free. We will avail you with our identities as regards our respective offices when relationship is fully established and smooth operation commences. I am at your disposition to entertain any question(s) from you in respect of this transaction, so, contact me immediately through my e-mail or my direct telephone number 234 - 703 - 786 - 9085 for further information on the requirements and procedure. Please, note that this DEAL needs utmost confidentiality. Yours faithfully, Mr. Micheal Stevens Email: email@example.com