STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND URGENT I am Mr. Dickson Dada, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am an Executive Director with a South African Government ministry. I am also the Secretary of the Tenders Committee set up by the government to look into contracts under the Department of Minerals and Energy. We got your contact via the internet and I was mandated to seek your confidential co-operation in the execution of the project I am about to describe. This project will be of great benefit to all parties involved and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction. Within the Department of Minerals and Energy, we (me and four of my colleagues) discovered and we have in our possession as overdue payment bills totalling Forteen million, two hundred thousand US dollars (US$14.2M) which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. Moreso, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore accounts hence your relevance in the whole transaction. This amount US$14.2M represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of this Department by a foreign contracting firm, which was 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 principle gotten approval to remit by key-tested telegraphic transfer (K.T.T.) to any foreign bank account you will provide by filing an application through the Justice Ministry here in South Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you. I have the authority of my partners to propose that SHOULD YOU BE WILLING to assist us in this transaction, your share of the sum will be 15% of the total sum, 80% for us and the rest for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100%-SAFE for all involved. This is possible if on your part , you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Please note that your area of specialisation is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I wish reposed my confidence (which the committee vetoed) in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. Endeavour to contact me immediately by email, whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong assurance and guarantee that our share will be secure. Please remember to treat this matter as a very confidential matter, because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active government service and. Due to the funds we borrowed to process this project to this stage, time is of essence because of interest on borrowed funds. Also furnish me with your contact telephone and fax number, so that I can forward to you more information concerning the project. I await in anticipation of your fullest cooperation. Yours faithfully, Dickson Dada.