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Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 17:24:46 -0400
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17th May., 2003

Mr. James Mbuso



It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my colleagues. Your information were given to me by a member of the South African Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) who was with the Government delegation on a trip to your country during a bilateral conference talk to encourage foreign investors. I have decided to seek a confidential cooperation with you in the execution of a deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties, and hope you will keep it confidential because of the nature of this business.

Within the Ministry of Energy and Mining Resources where I work as a Director of Project Implementation and with the co-operation of four other top officials, we have in our possession, an overdue payment in US funds totaling Twenty Six Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars(US$26,200,000.00)

The said funds represent certain percentage of the contract value executed on behalf of my Ministry by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced to the tune amount of US$26,200,000.00
(Twenty Six Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Though the actual contract cost has been paid to the original contractor, leaving the excess balance unclaimed.

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 financial agencies. As a result we included our bills for approvals with the co-operation of some officials at the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of South Africa (RBSA). We are seeking your assistance to stand for us as the beneficiary of the unclaimed funds, since we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts. Details and changing of beneficiary information and other forms of documentation upon application for claim to reflect the payment and approvals will be secured on behalf of your company.

I have the authority of my colleagues involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share as compensation will be 20% while my colleagues and I will receive 70% and the balance of 10% shall be set aside for taxes and miscellaneous expenses incurred.

It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of the nature described here. The assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it to other companies. More often than not, big trading companies and firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and subcontract to more specialized firms for execution.

This business itself is 100% safe, provided you treat it with utmost confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this mutual beneficiary transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint us.

Kindly notify me by my email address, upon your acceptance of this proposal.


Mr. James Mbuso