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From: IN NEED OF HELP AND PARTNERSHIP <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 16:16:35 +0200
Subject: IN NEED OF HELP AND PARTNERSHIP
From Vincent Mboma
Johannesburg South Africa
Tel: +27 73 200 39 57
Good Day Sir/Madam,
I am Mr. Vincent Mboma, the son of late Dr. Johnson Mboma, who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE.I got your contact during my search for reliable and competent foreigner to handle a confidential financial transaction, then I decided to write you. My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agent of the ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party. Before the death of my father, he took me to South Africa to deposit the sum of U.S $16.5m (Sixteen million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars) with a security and finance company, as if he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
The money was deposited as a gem/precious stone to avoid much demurrage from the security firm. This money was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for the farms and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.
This land problem arose when President R. MUGABE introduced a new land Act. Which wholly affects the White rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government. This resulted to rampant killing and mob actions. I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa as refugees or asylum seekers have decided to enter your name as foreigner/beneficiary of the Trunk Cases containing the Cash (U.S $16.5m (Sixteen million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars) for further transfer of the money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma of claiming/investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have the same political history. Moreover, the South African monetary policy/law does not allow such investment hence I am seeking for an asylum or refugee.
You can as well read more about the crises in my country and about this situation on the following sites:http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/africa/08/12/violence.zimbabwe/
I must let you know that this business is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessary matter. So if you are willing to assist us claim the ownership of this money, I and my family have agreed to give you 20% of the total money, 40% will be for a joint business venture I will be doing with you and another 35% will be for me and my family which we shall also invest in your country and the remaining 5% will be mapped out for all expenses we may incur during the transaction. Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance.
Please furnish me your private phone and Fax numbers for easy and better communication. Remember that this is highly confidential and the success of this business depends on how secret it is kept.
Expecting your reply soonest.
Mr. Vincent Mboma
+27 73 200 39 57
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