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From: "patrick gumez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:17:30 +0200
Subject: URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL.
FROM: Gumez Family
You may be suprised to recieve this letter since you don't know me
personally. I am Patrick Gumez .the son of Dr.Joseph Gumez, who was recently
murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got yourcontact through South
Africa Information Exchange (S.A.I.E) here in Johannesburg and I decided to
write for anassistance. My father, was among the few black Zimbabwean rich
farmers murdered in cold blood by the agents of the ruling government of
President Robert Mugabe. For his alleged support and sympathy for the
Zimbabwean Opposition party controlled by the whites. Before his death, he
had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$ 36.5 Million (Thirty
six Million Five Hundred United States Dollars) with a security and finance
company as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was
deposited in a box as a consignment, to the security company to avoid
seizure, and also to avoid much demurrage fromthe security company.
This money was given to my father by president Mugabe for investment purpose
while they were still in good terms. This land problem arose when President
Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act, which wholly affected the rich
farmers, and some few blacks eventually vehemently condemned the modus
operandi adopted by the government. And that resulted to rampant killing and
mob actions by the veterans and some political thugs, precisely, more than
thirty-on(31) people have been killed. Heads of government from Western
World, especially Britain and United States of America have voiced their
condemnation of Mugabe 's plan subsequently, the South African Development
Community (S.A.D.C) has continuously supported Mugabe's new land reform act.
It is against this background that I and my family who are currently staying
in South Africa have decided to transfer my fathers money into a foreign
account. As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the
responsibility of seeking an account where this money could be transferred
without the knowledge of my government who had tactically freezing our
family wealth and South African Government seems to beplaying alongside with
them. We have decided not to invest this money in South Africa for the fear
of seizure and encountering the same experience in future,since both
countries have almost the same political history.More so, the South African
Foreign Exchange Policy does not allow such investment hence I am an asylum
seeker. As a business man I should entrust my future and that of my family
on your hands, I should let you know that this transaction is risk free.
Therefore if you accept to assist my family, we are willing to accept any
reasonable condition you may deem necessary,and we can as well go into
partnership business with you. please reply immediately to facilitate
immediate action toward the transaction, Remember this business is highly
confidential and shall be kept within you alone.
Patrick Gumez(for the family)
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