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From: "FROM:PAULSON BENSON" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 08:33:27 +1000
Subject: CALL MR.PAULSON BENSON IMMEDIATELY
ATTN: MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL
I am Mr.PAULSON BENSON the elder son of late Mr.JAMES BENSON of Zimbabwe.
I got your contact
address from the South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry please
don't worry. 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 my country,
he ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to his party
members and their followers. My father
was one of the biggest farmers in the country and although a black
indegene, he did not support the President?s political ideology.Therefore,
the president?s supporters invaded my father?s farm burnt
down everything, killed him and confiscated all his investments. After the
death of my father,
my mother and I together with my younger brother decided to move out of
Zimbabwe for the safety of our
lives. On our departure from Zimbabwe,we took along with us some money
which my father kept in the
safe in my mother?s custody which amounted to the sum of US$15,000,000.00
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) to the Republic of South Africa where we
have deposited it as
personal valuables in a private security company and sought for political
asylum. My mother has
suggested and I agree that we have to further move out of the African
continent to overseas for actual
safety and to do reliable business investments.
Therefore we have decided that I should contact any reliable overseas
person/firm/company who could
assist us to transfer this money out of South Africa through a current
investment account because as
refugees we are not allowed to operate any account exceeding US$2,000(Two
Thousand US Dollars).
So we need your help to come down to South Africa to open a bank account
through which we can
transfer this money to your country.If my proposal is considered,
for assisting us to Transfer this money to your country, we unanimously
agree to offer you 20% of the
total fund,5% will be for any expenses that may be incuured during the
transaction ,75% will be for me and my family to invest in your country
under your assistance.
For detailed information, you can contact me on my direct line TEL :
+27-73-783-0560 or please reply
via this EMAIL= email@example.com or EMAIL=
NOTE: PLEASE,FOR REASON OF OUR ASYLUM STATUS DO MAINTAIN ABSOLUTE
CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY WHILE WE ALSO PROMISE TO DO SAME. I ASSURE YOU
THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100%RISKFREE.
TIME IS OF ESSENCE.YOUR URGENT RESPONSE WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED.