This email with the subject "Busines Partner" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 25 May 2006 06:03:30 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA. Dear Sir, It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my colleagues. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of a deal hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it confidential because of the nature of the business. Within the Department of Minerals and Energy where I work as an Assistant Director of audit, with the co- operation of two other top officials,we have in our possession an overdue contractor payment in US Dollars funds.The said funds represent certain percentage of the contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm,(Pearls Ltd) which we theofficials over- invoiced to the amount of US$15,200,000 (Fifteen Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars). Since the present elected Government is determined to pay foreign contractors all debts owed,so as to maintain good relations with foreign governments and non- governmental agencies,we included our bills for approvals with the Department of Finance and the Reserve Bank of South Africa (RBSA). We are 100% sure of funds approvals to anyone or company we (The Audit Committee) recommend as part of the sub-contractors who did jobs for the Department. We are seeking your assistance to front as the sub- contractor of the unclaimed funds,since we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts.Details and change of beneficiary information upon application for claim to reflect payment and approvals will be secured on behalf of you/your company. My colleagues and I are prepared to give you US$2.5m while we take US$7.4 m and the balance of US$5.3m for taxes and miscellaneous expenses incurred. This business is completely safe and secure,provided you treat it with utmost confidentiality.It does not matter whether you/your Company does contract projects,as a transfer of rights will be secured in favour of you/your Company through the Federal High Court of South Africa before we can proceed. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint us. Kindly notify me immediately via my alternative email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal. Yours Faithfully, Mr Fano Austine.