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From: martin m <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 22:16:45 +0200
FROM: MR. MARTIN KUTA JOHANNESBURG , SOUTH AFRICA . Attention, HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL You may be surprised to receive this message from mesince you don't know me in person, but for the purposeof introduction, I am MR. MARTIN KUTA, the son of lateMR. MICHEAL KUTA, who was murdered in a land disputein ZIMBABWE . Your contact was given to me at the SOUTH AFRICAEXCHANGE NETWORK ON LINE here in Johannesburg asreliable and trustworthy to deal with, and then Idecided to write you. My late father was among the fewblack Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold bloodby the agent of the ruling government of PresidentROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy forZimbabwean opposition party. Before the death of my father, he took me to SOUTHAFRICA to deposit the sum of (THIRTY MILLION UNITEDSTATES DOLLARS (US$30M) with a security and financecompany, as if he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe.the money was deposited as a gem or precious stone toavoid much demurrage from the security firm. Thismoney was earmarked for the purchase of new machineryand chemicals for the farms and the establishment ofnew farms in Lesotho and Swaziland . This land problem arose when President R. MUGABEintroduced a new land Act. Which wholly affects thewhite rich farmers and some few blacks vehementlycondemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by thegovernment. This resulted to rampant killing and mobactions. I and my family who are currently staying inSouth Africa as a refugee or an asylum seeker havedecided to transfer this money to a foreign countrywhere we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma ofinvesting this amount of money in South Africa forfear of encountering the same experience in futuresince both countries have the same political history. Moreover, the South African monetary policy/law doesnot allow such investment hence I am seeking for anasylum or refugee. I must let you know that this business is 100% riskfree. So if you are willing to assist us, I and myfamily have agreed to give you 20% of the total money,40% will be for a joint business venture I will bedoing with you and another 35% will be for me and myfamily which we shall also invest in your country andthe remaining 5% will be mapped out for all expenseswe may incurred during the transaction. Therefore, if you are willing and interested to renderthe needed assistance, endeavor to reply through myemail address. I also need your private phone and faxnumber for easy communication. Remember that this ishighly confidential and the success of this businessdepends on how secret it is kept. Expecting your reply soonest via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBest Regard. MR. MARTIN KUTA (FOR THE FAMILY)
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