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Fraud email example:
From: "henry kumalo" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 14:08:06 +0200
Subject: URGENT MONEY TRANSFER
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
My name is MR.HENRY KUMALO, the eldest son of Mr. MATETE KUMALO,of ZIMBABWE.
It might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address, I got it
from the South African Information Network Online (SAINO)/South Africa Trade
Centre.And it is coming to you with good intention.
During the current crises against the farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters
of our president,ROBERT MUGABE to claim all the white owned farms in our
country, he ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to his
party members and their followers. My father was one of the great and best
farmers in the country and knowing that he did not support the presidents
political ideology, the presidents supporters invaded my fathers farm
burnt down everything, shot him and as a result of the wounds sustained, he
became sick and died after five days. And after his death, I and my
younger brother decided to move out of Zimbabwe for the safety of our lives
BUT, before he died HE WROTE HIS WILL, which reads "(MY BELOVEED SON ,I WISH
TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF ($18.5,000,000=00). MILLION U.S DOLLARS
WHICH I DEPOSITED IN A BOX WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN JOHANNESBURG
(SOUTH-AFRICA). IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH ONLY". You
should solicit for a reliable foreign partner to assist you to transfer this
money out of South Africa for investment purpose. I deposited the money in
your name and it can be claimed by you alone with the deposit code.your
mother has all the documents.
Take good care of your mother and brother." From the above, you will
understand that the lives and future of my family depends on this money as
much, I will be very grateful if you can assist us.
I with my younger brother are now living in South-Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM
SEEKERS and the financial law of SOUTH-AFRICA does not allow ASYLUM SEEKERS
certain financial rights to such huge amount of money .In view of this, I
cannot invest this money in South-Africa, hence I am asking you to assist me
transfer this money out of South-Africa for investment purposes. For your
efforts, I am prepared to offer you 30% of the total fund, while 10% will be
set aside for local and international expenses and 60% will be kept for me
and my family .
Finally modalities on how the transfer will be done will be conveyed to you
once we establish trust and confidence between ourselves. Looking forward to
your urgent reply .For detailed information, please contact me on my direct
line + 27-83-988-4619, or my e-mail address .
NOTE: THE KEY WORD TO THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY AND
SECRECY. THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. YOUR URGENT RESPONSE WILL BE
All the best,
(FOR THE FAMILY)
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