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Fraud email example:
From: "mrs cynthia zume" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 09:51:09 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE TO TRANSFER USD20.7m DOLLARS
08 EDMOND ROAD,SANDTON CITY
My name is MRS CYNTHIA ZUMA,the wife of LATE MR.FELIX ZUMA,of zimbabwe.It
might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address,I got it from
During the current crises against the farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters
of our President ROBERT MUGABE to claim all the white owned farms in our
country,he ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to his
party members and their followers.
My husband was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that he
did not support the presidents political ideology,the presidents
supporters invaded my husbands farm,burnt down everything,shot him and as a
result of the wounds sustained,he became sick and died after two days.And
after his death,I became a widow over night.I with my only son(FIDELIS ZUMA)
and only daugther(RUSS)decided to move out of Zimbabwe for the safety of our
lifes to South-Africa.Before my husband died,he wrote his 'WILL' which
'MY BELOVEED SON (FIDELIS)I WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF
US$20.7 MILLION DOLLARS WHICH I DEPOSITED IN A BOX WITH A SECURITY COMPANY
IN JOHANNESBURG,SOUTH-AFRICA IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH
My beloved wife,please do solicit for reliable foreign partner to assist you
to transfer this money out of SOUTH-AFRICA for the family care and
investment purposes.I deposited the money in your son,s name(FIDELIS
ZUMA)and it can be claimed by him with the help of a foreign partner using
the deposit code.My son FIDELIS,your mother has all the documents.Take good
care of her and your sister.
From the above you will understand that the live and future of my family
depends on this money as much as I will be very grateful if you can assist
us.We are now living in South-Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM SEEKERS and the
financial law of SOUTH-AFRICA do not allow an ASYLUM SEEKER any financial
right to handle such huge amount of money .Inview of this,I cannot invest
this money in South-Africa hence I am asking you to assist us transfer this
money out of South-Africa for investment pusposes.
For your efforts I am prepared to offer you 30% of the total fund while 70%
will be kept for my family and I for investments.
Finally you shall be communicated on modalities on how the transfer will be
done once we establish trust and confidence between ourselves.Please furnish
me with your phone and fax numbers for easy and effective communication.
NOTE:THE KEY WORD TO THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL AND
SECRET.THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE.YOUR URGENT RESPONSE WILL BE
Mrs Cynthia Zuma