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Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2006 11:36:52 +0200
With due respect and humility, I write this letter seeking your help and assistance, though its difficult since we have not met before. I got your contact through SOUTH AFRICAN INFORMATION EXCHANGE (S.A.I.E) regarding your business profile sincerity. I believe that you are reliable in handling this urgent international transaction of this sort.
I am MR DAVID GEZI, the son of COMRADE BORDER GEZI, the Zimbabwean former minister for youths and gender equity who was also a businessman and politician in the Zimbabwean political area. My father was the famous politician who stood firm against the Robert Mugabe idea of continuous fight in the Democratic Republic Of Congo and my father also stood against the seizure of the white owned farms and the distribution of it to blacks without compensation to the white owners.
Because of my fathers sincerity, he was killed on the 14 Ariel 2001 by planned motor accident along mashonaland in western mashona province of Zimbabwe, the planners of the accident is said to be a dissidents soldiers suspected to have the backing of the government and president Mugabe himself. Sir, when this accident occurred at about 10:15am Zimbabwe an time, my father did not died on the spot rather he was rushed Harare hospital by unknown soldiers and my father managed to call my younger brother and me through his assistance and when my brother and I rushed to the hospital, my father only managed to sneak a written message to us, explained his condition concerning on diplomatic box concealed under the roof of his private bedroom containing US$25,000,000.00(TWENTY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS)and other vital documents which was meant for political campaign in the next election in June 2002.
He instructed me to take my brother and my younger sister with the box and leave Zimbabwe immediately for our safety, which we have successfully did and we are in South Africa with the money deposited in a private security company with the original documents of the deposit intact. But because of the countrys existing law which bars asylum seekers /refugee like us to operate an account that exceed US$2,000 and the fear of money not raising eyebrows here in south Africa, I decided to write to you to ask for help for this money to be transferred into your private bank count as all arrangements for a hitch free transfer have been fully taken care of.
I want to assure you that this transaction is 100%RISK FREE as no other person knows about this box apart from my younger brother and I. Sir, as for you reward for your kind assistance, we have resolved to give 20% of the total amount, 10%for any expenses that might be incurred in the course of this business. Weve planned to invest the rest of the money in your country under your guidance .If you are willing to help us try as much as possible to reach me with the above number to enable in earnest towards concluding all transaction. Bear it in mind that our lives solely depends on this fund ,we do hope that this money will be safe when finally transferred into your account I do hope of establishing a rewarding and good relationship with you and your family after this transaction
Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you for co-operation and God bless.
Best regards ,