This scam actually looks totally new. I’ve searched all the ordinary sources, both for the name Kwezi Sibeko, the Projects & Planning departement, as well as The Department of Minerals & Energy, but can see no other instance of this fraudulent email. Still I’m positive that it is a scam.
Update: 1/16 2005:Kwezi Sibeko did not like the fact that I published his mail. See /www.lindqvist.com/threats-from-iscammer-kwezi-sibeko/
The discaimer in the footer is a nice touch I think. How can I valuate the mail if I’m not even allowed to read it through? [kursiv:”Please notify the sender immediately if it has unintentionally reached
you and do not read, disclose or use the content in any way.”] Well sorry, if you send a bait to me like this I will swallow, and my way of treating a scam is to publish it.
Subject: Mail dated 14.01.05
Date: Jan 15, 2005 09.52.04 MET
To: [two of my more widely known addresses]
Reply to: email@example.com
Date: Fri, 14 Jan. 2005 06:00
X-mailer: 128 encryption secure e-mailer (DME/90162-3381)
Kindly pardon the use of a medium as informal as this for reaching out to you to make a request of great importance to us.
My name is Kwezi Sibeko and I work as a Director of Projects & Implementation with The Department of Minerals & Energy here in Pretoria.
My colleagues and I would like to request that you assist us in re-profiling funds valued at Twenty-Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand U. S Dollars which we want kept safely overseas under your supervision. In other words, we would like you to receive the said funds on our behalf.
The Funds were derived over time from a project awarded a foreign firm
by my Department and presently the actual contract cost have been paid to the original project executors, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principle obtained approval to remit overseas.
I have the authority and approval of my partners involved in this transaction to negotiate a suitable compensation for your participation and I propose 22.2 percent, while we also propose that we receive 46.6 percent and 31.2 percent be earmarked for purposes of taxation. This Endeavour has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat it with the utmost discretion.
I am available on Tel:(International Dialing Code)+87 476 359 3635 or by fax: (International Dialing Code)+87 476 359 3636 to discuss further with you.
This e-mail and any attachments are privileged and may contain confidential information intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure of this information is prohibited under applicable law.
The person addressed in the e-mail is the sole authorized recipient. Please notify the sender immediately if it has unintentionally reached you and do not read, disclose or use the content in any way.
I do love the standard mail disclaimer at the bottom of Sibeko’s mail.