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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:59:44 +0200
Subject: Re: PLEASE HELP MR. NKOSI FAMILIES (TRANSFER OF FU ND)
MR. FRANK NKOSI
MOBILE : +27-738-646-864
Good day! My name is MR. FRANK NKOSI the elder son of SIR NKOSI JONES
of Zimbabwe. This might be surprise to you where I got your contact
address, from South Africa chamber of commerce and industry in
During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the support
of our PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE to claim all the white owned farms in
our country, so he ordered all the white owned farmers to surrender all
their farms to his party members and his followers.
And my father is one of the best farmers in our country because he did
not support his idea and his supporters invaded my father?s farm and
burnt everything in the farm and killed my father and confiscated all his
investment. After the death of my fath! er, me and my mother and my younger brother decided
to move out of Zimbabwe because our lives is still in danger with the money my father kept in
his hidden safe in my mothers house.
The amount contained in the safe is U.S.$18,700,000.00 (Eighteen
million seven hundred thousand united states dollars) and we decided to
move through diplomatic means to the republic of South Africa where we
deposited the money to a security company and we were forced to seek political asylum
as a refugee. So I decided to contact an overseas investor whom will assist
us to transfer the money out of South Africa.
Because we are asylum seeker here in south Africa,
which deprive us not to operate an account with any bank here in south
Africa, neither to invest. If you consider this proposal we have agreed
to offer you 20% of the total sum for helping us transfer this money to
your nominated bank account anywhere in the world, We have map out 10% f! or any
expenses it will cause during the process of this transaction, while 80% will be for my
family to invest in your country. Now,
I want you to furnish me with your banking
details and your personal phone and fax number for easy communication. You can
contact me with the above telephone and fax number. Kindly destroy this letter even if
you are not willing to assist us. You can contact me through this email
NOTE: this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential.
Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.
Thanks and God bless.
PLEASE YOU CAN READ ABOUT PROBLEMS IN ZIMBABWE FROM
THE LINKS BELOW.