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Here's one we just received in January 2007. Apparently, Mr. Patrice Zuma, Director of Projects for the South Africa Department of Minerals & Energy (if this is he, and we doubt it) wants us to participate in money laundering! So he's either a scammer or a flat out criminal! Would you want to do business with him?
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CONFIDENTIAL TEL: (Intl.Access Code) + 27-78301-9020
I am Patrice Zuma, Director of Projects, South Africa Department of Minerals & Energy. I am making this contact with you based on the committee's need for an individual/company who is willing to assist us with a solution to a money transfer.
In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.
Within the Department of Minerals & Energy where I work as a Director of Project and with the co-operation of two other top officials, we have in our possession as overdue payment bills totaling Twenty - Six Million, Four Hundred And Twenty Six Thousand U. S Dollars (US $26,426,000.00) which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and co-operation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. More so, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction. This amount (US$26.426M) represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles got approval to remit by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T) to any foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an application through the Justice Department here in South Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you.
I have the authority of my partners involved to discuss on the modalities of sharing with you. Your share of the entire sum will be US$5,9M(22.2%), US$12Million (46.6%)for us and US$8Million (31.2%) for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also, your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.
I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. I am available on my confidential telephone/fax lines above or at my alternative email firstname.lastname@example.org to entertain any questions concerning the clarity of this transaction.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
Mr. Patrice Zuma