This email with the subject "Your Help Is Needed" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 05 Jun 2006 06:59:45 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Mr. Benjamin Salako <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Email:email@example.com FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING ABUJA - NIGERIA. ATTN: For your assistance please. We write to solicit for your assistance for this transaction believing that you will treat this with utmost confidence,and excuse me for the embarrassment this letter might cause you as we have not met or known each other before. I have the mandate of my colleagues in my office to solicit for your assistance for a business we want to execute with you. My ministry, Federal Minisstry of works and housing (FMWH) awarded a contract of (US$ 115,800,000.00) to a foreign firm. and this is just one of the numerous awarded contracts. For the REFURBISHMENT OF OUR OFFICES IN LAGOS AND ABUJA. I and other members of my department Contract Award Committee (CAC),What we are about to receive now, is a promised cash gift from the contractor whom we have helped during the process of obtaining the contracts. And it might also interest you to know that the original contractors, who executed the contract, have been paid their contract amount on completion of the contract. On our part, all modalities had been worked out in ensuring a smooth conclusion of the transfer to you within the next twenty one days. All I want from you is your details to enable these foreign contractors forward the cash gift to you on our behalf, because as government officials we cannot collect these cash gift directly from him, neither are we allowed by law to operate/run a foreign accounts. In fact this is why I am writing you this letter seeking for your assistance. We have generally agreed to compensate you with 10% of the total amount that will be sent to you we are mapping out ideals for investment into a foreign capital market, you can still on your own help us invest it on a low risk venture if you can come up with one of our interest. If you are trustworthy and can assist me in receiving these cash gift, I will like you to provide immediately to me, your full names, address, and telephone number. Note: his transaction is a 100% risk free for you for the fact that you will not be asked to pay any upfront of any kind, if there be any money to be paid the Contractor will be responsible for it. It is important I mention that the officials involved in this transaction are top government functionaries who have put in years of service to this Country (Nigeria). For the maintenance of personal integrity and prestige of all persons involved in this transaction, you are implored to exhibit utmost secrecy throughout the duration of this deal. You are strongly advised to avoid discussing this transaction with a third party as that could jeopardize the success of this transaction. Kindly reach me immediately via my confidential e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org refurnishing me with your details as stated above. Looking forward to hearing from you . Best Regards, Mr. Benjamin Salako