Email Scam Examples: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES JOHANNEBURG
URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL
After my official enquiry from the foreign trade office of the chambers of commerce & industry here in
Johannesburg South Africa, I decided to contact you but I did not disclose the intention to anyone else because of
the delicate nature of the project. I found your profile very interesting and decided to reach you directly to solicit
for your assistance and guidelines in making a business investment and transfer of US$51,000,000.00(Fifty One
million) to your country within the next few days.
Please I must plead for your confidence in this transaction. I am a high placed official working with Department of
(Energy and Mineral Resources) in Johannesburg. I and two other colleagues are currently in need of a silent
foreign partner whose identity we can use to transfer this sum of money. But at this moment, I am constrained to
issue more details about this profitable business investment until I get your response by email, please if you can
take out a moment of your very busy schedule today to respond back to my private email below for more details
and include your private telephone number in your response which I and my colleagues will highly appreciate.
This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission from foreign contracts, through our private connections.
The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from the bank here in South Africa to any overseas beneficiary
confirmed by us as associate/receiver. By virtue of our positions as civil servants in my country, we cannot acquire
this money in our names. Because as high placed civil servants, we are not allowed by the civil service code of
conduct to own or operate bank accounts outside of our shores. On the other hand, it is not safe for us to keep the
money here due to unstable political environment. I have been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to
look for an overseas silent partner who could work with us to facilitate transfer of this fund for our mutual benefit,
Hence the reason for this email.
My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as follows: (1) 15% to you as commission for
your co-operation and assistance in facilitating the transfer, while the remaining 85% belongs to me and two
colleagues. You will be free to take out your commission immediately after the money hits your account in your
country. Since our objective is to invest the money in a foreign country, it would be appreciated if you could also
help us with advices and direction on investing into profitable ventures in your country.
However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to further assist us with investing the money, we can
end our cooperation after you make available to me our part of the money. The transaction, although discreet, is
legitimate and the money will be transferred successfully with all necessary back-up official documents showing
the legitimate source/origin of fund. The transfer will be effected within a period not longer than two weeks as
soon as we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response indicating your interest for processing
the transfer. I plead with you on one issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly do not expose this
information to any one else. I confirm that the transaction is legitimate and without any risks either to us or
yourself. Please, give me your response immediately by returning this mail through my alternative email address.
Mr. Alfred Mzanzi.
Energy & Mineral Resources Dept. (South Africa)
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