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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 10:43:16 -1200
Subject: INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
With due respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal,
which I believe would be of great interest to you. I am looking for a
reliable and capable foreign partner that will assist my family and I
transfer fund to his/her personal or private account oversea and for
investment purpose's. Am Mr. MARK ZUMA the son of Late Dr.JOMO ZUMA,
who was the "Chairman" of the farmer's co-operation in Zimbabwe.
My Father was among the few blacks that were murdered in cold blood by
the President Robert Mugabe Administration during the land dispute that
just happened in Zimbabwe.
After the death of my Father, we decided to move out of ZIMBABWE
because our lives were in danger because of the money that my father
kept in his hidden safe in our house. The amount contained in the safe is
US$10,000,000,00 Million United State Dollars (TEN MILLION UNITED
This money was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for
the farms and establishment of new farms in Swaziland. We moved to
South Africa and deposited this money in a security company in a box as
valuables belonging to our foreign partner pending when we see somebody
that will assist us, for the safety of the family.
We are presently in South Africa as Refugee (Asylum Seekers) and as
such the law of South Africa does not permit us to operate or open any
bank account here in South Africa or be involved in any financial
transaction with the bank. That is why we contacted you to assist us in
We are ready to give you 30% of the total amount for the inconveniences
this will cost you and for accepting to assist us.
Indicating your interest as soon as possible, by sending you telephone
and fax number for easier communication. On receiving of your
acceptance, I shall be glad to give you more clarification on the
modalities needed for smooth successful completion of this transaction.
I anticipate your quick response.
Alternative email :firstname.lastname@example.org
On behelf of the family.