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Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 02:43:42 -0800
Subject: FROM HENRY
From: MR. HENRY DOUGLAS
You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me
Personally. I am HENRY DOUGLAS. The manager to Mr. David Stevens, a wealthy
white farmer who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe which
I have no doubt you may be aware if you have read the BBC or CNN news online. Some documented pictures of this incident, you can view at
I got your contact through network online hence decided to write to you for a business proposal that will benefit both of us. Before the death of Boss, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US $18M (Eighteen million United States Dollars) in one of the Private Security Companies due to the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was deposited in a box as his foreign partners gemstones to avoid much demurrage from the Security Company.
This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines, chemicals for the farms and establishment of new farm in Swaziland.
This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act reform, which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers. This resulted in the killing and mob action of Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society.
In fact a lot of people were killed because of this land reform act of which my master was one of the victims. It is against this background that I took all the legal documents regards to the deposit of the box and came down to South Africa and decided to transfer the money to a foreign country since the box was deposited as my masters foreign partners germ stones.
I seek for a honest businessman or woman, whom I can entrust this fund to; I must also let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free. And all the documents are with me, here in South Africa. If you accept to assist us, we will embark without further delay on the next step for the claiming and transfer of this money out of South Africa based on the arrangements I have made so far.
This money I intend to use for my investment and growth in your country. I have two options for you; firstly, you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction. Or you can go into partnership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country. Whichever options you want feel free to notify me.
I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses we might incur in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership, I am willing to give 25% of the money while the remaining 70% will remain for my family and I. If you are really capable and willing to assist me please email with your personal contact telephone and I will call you to discuss more in details.
Finally, please treat this matter as urgent as possible. I am daring need to leave this country since I cannot invest the amount here in South Africa due to their restrictions on Asylum Seekers. But if on the contrary you cannot assist, please keep my having contacted you confidential.
You can reply me on this email address email@example.com
Thanking you in anticipation of your kind understanding and immediate response.
MR. HENRY DOUGLAS