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From: "DR. MRS.SUSANA SHABANGU" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 20:18:09 +0700
Subject: From: The Ministry Of Safety & Security Pretoria South Africa
From :Dr.Mrs. SUSANA SHABANGU,
Deputy Minister of Safety and Security
231 Pretorius Street, Thibault Arcade
Private Bag X463, PRETORIA, 0001
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org </ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com>
www.info.gov .za/leaders/depmin/safesec.htm <http://www.info.gov%20.za/leaders/depmin/safesec.htm>
Pretoria - South Africa.
Attention : The Managing Director & C.E.O
Greetings to you,
After careful consideration with my children, we resolved to contact you for your most needed assistance in this manner. I duly apologize for infringing on your privacy, if this contact is not acceptable to you, as I make this proposal to you as a person of integrity.
First and foremost I wish to introduce myself properly to you. My name is Mrs. Susan Shabangu, mother of three and the Deputy Minister of Safety and Security of The Republic of South Africa .
I will now give you a general overview of the situation. When I was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy in 1996, with my influence, my
husband Mr. Ndelebe Shabangu a very successful businessman was awarded several contracts in my ministry and had direct dealings with foreign
investors in this field. Due to my political status, I was not involved in my husband's business which was very vast and successful. My beloved husband died whilst on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in February 2001.
When my husband died, I was contacted as next of kin by a private security firm in Asia to come forth with the Certificate of Deposit and claim a safety
deposit my husband has in their Vault in his name. At that time, my children and I did not have an idea where the Certificate might be. We then instructed the
security firm to continue holding the safety deposit until further instructions from me. Whilst preparing for the second remembrance of my beloved husband, I
was going through his library collection and to my astonishment I discovered a Certificate of Deposit for the safety deposit with this private security firm,
and other documents relating to the safety deposit in a book. The safety deposit which is a strong steel security box, is stocked withhard currency (US Dollars)totalling $25,500,000 which was generated from cash payments from his business associates in the diamond trade from Bangkok, Thailand.
Though I knew my late husband was in the diamond business, I did not have the knowledge that he moved funds in cash. This has came as a shock to me and my children, and we have decided to have this fund invested immediately in commercial and residential properties abroad as well as profitable ventures, as
any member of my family cannot hold such a huge amount in our name due to my political status, hence we sincerely propose to you to render us your most
needed assistance in this regard.
If you agree to render us your assistance, your role in this project will be to act on my behalf as a trustee to receive the safety deposit containing the funds from the Security firm. Though I believe this transaction should be based on mutuality, my family's interest will be protected by a family associate, who
is a lawyer(attorney) attached to the South African Embassy in the country where the security firm is located. He is now aware of the safety deposit, and
I have informed him that I am locating one of my husband's business associates (you) to handle to handle the funds and invest on our behalf, as he might be opposed to our decision if he found out that I barely know you.
The part of services the lawyer is required to render is to assist you in claiming the consignments from the terminal of the security company and to set up a transit domiciliary account in your name in one of the prime bank he has contacts to carry out the exercise through the back door. The purpose of the account is to enable you deposit the funds for further transfer into your nominated bank.Though, I do not know you in person but I still maintain my late husbands theory that business is people and contacts.Hence I crave your assistance and urgent attention.
For your reliable assistance, we are offering you 15 % of the funds. I thank you in advance as we anticipate your assistance in enabling us achieve this goal. On hearing from you, I will forward your contact to the lawyer who will be representing us, and also give you his contact for both of you to communicate and proceed with the transaction, at the same time discuss on business investments.
He will be working with you for a mutual conclusion of the process and
I look forward to a long lasting business relationship with you. As you
may understand, due to my sensitive position in the present government,
it is not safe to communicate with me via phone or fax. This is why I have communicated with you, please all your corespondence should be on my private email address otherwise i might not be able to read your mail and I will like us to keep this way, for the safety of this transaction. Whether or not you are interested in assisting us.This will enable us make alternative plans, in the event of non-interest on your part
I am revealing this to you with believing that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business. Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality of this transaction.If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue. More details on the logistic and modalities of the trasaction will be given to you as soon as I receive your acceptance letter
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.
Looking forward to hear your postive response.
DR. MRS.SUSANA SHABANGU