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From: "Mr. Zulu Ngoza." <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 15:35:20 +0700
REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE
You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you don't
know me in person, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR.ZULU
NGOZA, a citizen of Zimbabwe, the son of late MR.ZAK NGOZA who was
murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE.
I got your contact through the Thailand Information Exchange Online,
and then I decided to write you. My late father was among the few black
Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agent of the
ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and
sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party.
Before the death of my father, he deposited the sum of Ten Million US
Dollars ($10M) with a security company during when he went to Thailand
to purchase his farm machinery equipment, as if he foresaw the looming
danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as a gem / precious stone to
avoid seize and much demurrage from the security organization.
This money was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals
for the farms and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and
Swaziland. This land problem arose when President R. MUGABE introduced a
new land Act, which wholly affects the white rich farmers and some few
blacks vehemently condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the
This resulted to rampant killing and mob actions. I and my family who
are currently staying in Bangkok Thailand as a refugee asylum seeker, I
have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country where we can
invest it. You will read more story about President Mugabe's brutal acts
by visiting. This website:
I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in
Thailand but the financial law and Regulations of the Republic of
Bangkok, Thailand do not permit us financial rights to such huge sum of
money. In view of this, I cannot invest the fund in Bangkok, Thailand.
Moreover, the Thailand monetary policy/law does not allow such
investment by an asylum seeker or refugee.
I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the
nature of your business does not necessarily matter. So if you are
willing to assist us, I and my family have agreed to give you 20% of the
total money, 40% will be for a joint business venture I will be doing
with you and another 40% will be for I and my family shall also invest
in your country. Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render
the needed assistance, endeavor to contact me through the above
telephone or email address. I also need your private telephone and fax
numbers for quick communication. Remember that this transaction is
highly confidential. Expect your reply soonest.
Mr. Zulu Ngoza.