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Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2006 08:01:35 +0200
Subject: I NEED YOUR HUMBLE ASSISTANCE AND URGENT CALL
FROM:PETER THEMBA MOYO
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
My name is MR.PETER THEMBA MOYO the elder son of MR. JOHNATAN NKOMO MOYO,from the Republic of Zimbabwe.It might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address. I got your contact address from the internet on line when am searching a capeble and reliable person who we help me to transfer this fund out of South Africa for investment purpose.
During the current war against the Farmers in Zimbabwe, from the supporters of our President,Robert Mugabe, in his effort to chase all the white Farmers out of the country, He ordered all the white Farmers to surrender their farms to his Party members and his followers. My father was one of the best and successful farmers in our country, and Formerly the Finance Minister of Robert Mugabe Administration,but he did not support the idea of dispossessing the white farmers of their land. Because of this, his farm was invaded and burnt by Government supporters. In the course of the attack, my father was killed, and the invaders made away with a lot of items from my fathers farm. And our family house was utterly destroyed.
Before the death of my father, he drew my attention to the sum of USD22M.(Twenty Two Million United States Dollars).which he deposited with a Security company in South Africa during his tenure as the Finance Minister of Zimbabwe my Mother my one sister and I decided to move out of Zimbabwe for our own security, because our lives were in danger, We decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where my father deposited this money. Till date the security company is not aware of the content of the consignment because my father used his diplomatic immunity as at that time to deposit the consignment as important personal valuables.
We decided to contact with overseas person/firm who will assist us to move the money out of South Africa. This becomes necessary because as political Asylum seekers, we are not allowed to own or operate a Bank account. If you accept this proposal, you shall receive 25% of the entire amount for your assisting us to move this money out. 70% of this amount shall be for us, and the remaining 5% shall be mapped out for expenses incurred in the course of the transaction.
All we need you to do is to furnish me with your entire personal phone, city cod and fax numbers for easy communication. Note that this transaction is 100%risk-free and absolutely confidential. Please contact me with this telephone number + 27-73-556-1114 . immediately for more details.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Urgent response and call awaited
MR.PETER THEMBA MOYO
(For the family).
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