We believe that this is a 419-type scam that is targeted at building contractors.
Didan has US$745 million payable to contractors, but he would like to
transfer US$475 million from phase 1 into your bank account.
And what is in it for you?
Ans: You will get to keep 40% of the US$475 million.
And why did they pick you?
Ans: Because you are their source of the US$475 million. (Simply, they are going to scam your money)
US$475 million – this is the highest amount involved that we have seen so far…
From: Didan Kimati [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007
Subject: Request to do business with you
Naturally this letter will come to you as a surprise
since we do not know each other, please permit me however to introduce myself.
I am Didan Kimati, a staff of the Ministry of Finance and Economic planning
here in Ghana. At the risk of boasting, I wish you to understand that I am a
top personal aid to the Minister and therefore, I am privy to several pieces of
This aside, I am the secretary to the Contract payment
committee. Subsequent upon the recent debt relief granted by the G8 Nations to
the Republic of Ghana, the Government under the leadership of his Excellency,
President John A. Kufour, has decided to pay off all the accumulated back-log
of contract debts owed to both local and foreign contractors.
However, some of these contract debts span from the
regime of his excellency, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah down to the PNDC
government of Flt. Lt. John J. Rawlings and to his NDC government days even to
the first tenure of President Kufour. To this effect, some of the contractors
can no longer be traced as they have tried severally to receive their payment
success. Obviously, some may have died.
I wish to implore you to come in as our partner to claim
the sum of $745 Million United States Dollars which is payment due some
contractors who built the Akosombo Hydro-electric dam. The contract was divided
in 3 phases. The civil contractors, the water engineers and the electrical
engineering companies. I understand that you may not know anything about this
subject and you may not even be conversant with the procedure for building a
dam. But do not worry as we have covered all the bases.
All we need to do is apply for an initial payment of $475
Million United States Dollars for the first phase of the contract. As soon as
this is successfully transferred to your account, we will apply
for the other balance. You do not need to worry about the original contractors.
This has already been taken care of. We removed some of
the files when we took them for review. All we have to do is replace them with
your company details. As soon as this is done, we shall approve your file for
immediate payment. Once again, do not worry about this, it will be approved.
At this juncture, I wish to point out that the funds are
currently deposited at the Swiss National Bank and I am currently in Geneva
where I have held series of meetings with the bank officials at the Swiss
National Bank who have assured me that once the neccessary documentation are in
place the funds will be directly wired to the designated account. Of course we
will give them something for their troubles. While I am here you may reach me
on telephone number 0041225330355
We have estimated that it will take between 10 and 14
working days to complete this project. Should you wish to participate, please
contact me. You may be worried about the legitimacy of this, you may also be
worried about if it were found out. The answer is do not worry, everything has
been carefully thought out and planned. Should you have any questions of
whatever nature, please do not hesitate to ask me. By the way, you may be
worried as well, that this is a scam. There is no need for you to worry. We do
sincerely hope to work this out with you.
As regards what’s in it for you, we propose a sharing
ratio of 60:40. 60% for us and 40% for you. If you have any problems with this,
please note that we are open to negotiations so long as they are reasonable. Do
accept our heart felt good wishes as I look forward to your response.
Until I hear from you, I am with very kind regards,