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Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 08:06:20 -0800
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
FROM:MR. DICKSON ELUMA.
Please,reply to this alternative e-mail address
ATTN: THE PRESIDENT/CEO.
You may be surprise to receive this letter from me since you do
not know me personally, but for the purpose of introduction.
I am DICKSON ELUMA the son of MR. ELUMA SOLOMON, who was recently
murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact from
the South African information Exchange (S.A.I.E) here in
Johannesburg and I decided to write for assistance.
My late father was among the few black Zimbabwe rich farmers
murdered in cold blood by the agents of the ruling government of
president ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for
the Zimbabwean opposition party controlled by the whites. Before
his death, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of
TWENTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS
(US$20.5 MILLION),with the security and finance company, as if he
foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
The money was deposited in a box as consignment to the Security
Company to avoid seizure, and also to avoid much demurrage from
the Security Company. This money was earmarked for the purpose of
new machinery and chemicals for arms and the establishment of new
farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.
This land problem arose when president ROBERT MUGABE introduced a
new land act,which wholly affected rich white farmers and some
few blacks vehemently condemned the "Modus Operandi" adopted by
the government, that result to rampant killings and mob actions by
the war veteran and some political thugs. Precisely,more than
thirty-one (31) people have been killed.
Heads of Government from the west, especially British and United
States of America have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe?s plan.
Subsequently the South Africa Government community (S.A.D.C) has
continuously supported Mugabe,s new land reform act.
It is against this background that I and my family who are
currently staying in South Africa have decided to transfer my
fathers money into a foreign accounts as the eldest son of my
father, I am saddled with the responsibilities of seeking a
genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred
without the knowledge of Government who are tactically freezing
our family wealth and the South Africa Government seem to be
playing along with them.
I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount in South
Africa for fear of seizure and encountering the same experience in
future since both countries have almost the same history. Moreso,
the South Africa foreign Exchange policy does not allow such
investment since I am and asylum seeker.
As a businessman who I must entrust my future and that of my
family on his/her hands, I must let you know that this transaction
is 100%risk free. Therefore, if you accept us we are willing to
offer you 25% of the total sum for your assistance, 70% will be
for my family?s investment in your country while 5% will be used
for all expenses that you might be incurred during the process of
If this proposal is acceptable to you, call me, but you should
know that this business is highly confidential and shall be kept
Waiting to hear from you soonest.
MR DICKSON ELUMA (for the family).
NB: Please,reply to this alternative e-mail address