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From: "mark zuzu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:17:28 +0000
Subject: FROM MR MARK ZUZU
DIV>FROM MARK ZUZU,
20 BOTHA CRESCENT SANDTON,
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA.
Attn:Dear Friend,With due respect, trust and humility, I write you this letter, which I believe would be of great interest to you. I found your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable and apableforeign partner that will assist me and my family. I am mark zuzu the son of one Mr.Fred Zuzu of Zimbabwe.
As you aware of the ongoing crisis currently in Zimbabwe against farmers and non supporters of President Robert Mugabe to claim all the farms/land of both whites and non supporters in our country, President Mugabe’s party members brutally killed my Father who was a farmer and a religious man
Before his death, he deposited the Sum of US$18.5.MILLION (EIGHTEEN
MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with a security and finance company in Johannesburg South Africa for safe-keeping, as if he foresaw the looming danger that could erupt from the struggle in Zimbabwe.
This money was deposited in a box as a consignment labelled''FAMILY TREASURE'' with the security company.This frame of mind was inform as not to allow the company management to have the knowledge of the real content of the box for obvious security reasons.
Presently, we are residing temporarily in Johannesburg South Afric as refugees and our status does not allow us to own such amount of money both with the help of a Financial Consultant who has agreed to help us, with his fees intact, he can transfer the funds into an overseas account for investments, which where we will need your assistance.
We will offer you 20% of this total sum for your assistance, 75% will be for me and my family while 5% for any other expenses that might be incurred in the course of this transaction.
If you sincerely wish to assist us with the whole of your heart to transfer this fund into your nominated bank account, please send e-mail to me as quickly as possible, give me your phone number and fax for more confidentialities.
NOTE: That this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential.
Thanks and God bless you.
For the family.
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