Oman Money Transfer Scam

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Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 03:42:37

Dr. Ahmed Al-Shariff
London, U.K
Date: 29, July 2000. 
The Director Sir,
I am diplomat of the Sultanate of Oman stationed in the United Kingdom I 
write on behalf of myself, and that of some of my colleagues who were 
members of a committee appointed by the government of the Sultanate of 
Oman to award contracts and to approve such contract payments in the 
ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.

The duties of the committee also included evaluation, and 
monitoring of work done by foreign contractors in the ministry. 
Between 1998 and 1999, this committee awarded contracts of 
$461.5m(four hundred and sixty-one million, five hundred 
thousand united states dollars) to various contractors for 
engineering, procurement, construction, computer installation, 
computer optimisation, supply of various industrial chemicals, 
mechanical items and turn around maintainance.

However, this total amount for the contracts was over-invoiced, 
thereby, leaving the sum of US$61.5million dollars in excess. 
This was done with the intention that the committee will share 
the excess when the payments are approved. The government 
of the Sultanate of Oman has since approved the sum of $461.5m dollars 
as the total contract sum. Already, the sum of $400m dollars have been 
paid out to the companies and contractors concerned which executed 
the contracts, leaving the balance of $61.5m dollars.

It is our intention to transfer this $61.5m dollars abroad, into a 
safe and reliable account to be shared amongst ourselves. 
This is because as government officials, there is no way we 
can claim this money in Oman without drawing attention and 
penalty to ourselves. My colleagues and I have agreed that if 
you will assist us by acting as the beneficiary of these funds, 
we are prepared to give you 20% of the total sum that will be 
transferred, 10% will be for expenses incurred and we will take 

Therefore, we need a reliable and trust-worthy person with a 
reliable account to transfer this money into. Hence, this request 
for your assistance. Please be informed that the personalities 
involved in this deal are top and influential government 
functionaries who would not like any form of exposure, and as 
such, would want you to keep this proposal as top secret, and 

Let me say here that we decided to do the over-invoicing in 
preference to demanding or accepting bribes and kickbacks 
from foreign contractors. Now that the contract has been 
approved for payment, all we need is somebody to facilitate 
the transfer of these excess funds in his account as a 
beneficiary. We have already taken adequate measures to 
see that all necessary regulations and obligations in Oman were complied 

Be assured that this transction is a profitable one and there is 
no risk involved whatsoever to your person. Therefore, if you 
are interested in this proposal, please contact me immediately 
for further discussion on how to progress as time is of the 
utmost importance. 

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation. 
Yours sincerely,
Ahmed Al-Shariff (Dr.)

TO: +44-870-122-5857

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