The corrupt regime of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe has wrecked the economy of that country, and ever-adaptable scammers have taken advantage of this situation by presenting themselves as wealthy white Zimbabwean farmers trying to smuggle money out of the country. Are the scammers themsleves actually in Zimbabwe? Probably not: they can operate freely anywhere in the world.
Date: 9 Aug 2005 17:42:29 +0500
From: “PAUL RHODES” email@example.com
Subject: my story
FROM PAUL RHODES,
CHIPINGE FARMS, ZIMBABWE
Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not met, permit me however to introduce myself; I am Paul Rhodes, a white Zimbabwean Farmer, currently in hiding in Zimbabwe. I used to work in three tobacco farms in Chipinge, and I was also part owner of these farms which were owned by my late father. I am contacting you as the need to for me to have a foreign partner in your country has become necessary due to my plans to relocate to that country so that I can purchase some land and start farming all over again, as the present political instability in Zimbabwe, does not encourage financial investment as the environment is no longer conducive for farming investment and most of all,security is not guaranteed, just as reported by international media.
This problem started when the Zimbabwean government under the leadership of President Robert Mugabe announced a decree on May 31st 2000 to seize more than 849 white-owned farms. During this period, as reported by international media and the CNN, more than 6 white farmers (including my father) were killed; the government is not stopping at this, as the government has already asked all white-farmers to give up their farms to black farmers or risk going to prison. So far, more than 1,400 white owned farms have been invaded and confiscated, as well as claiming the properties of the farmers. Also, about 133 white farmers arrested for defying the orders to leave their farms under the controversial land reform program of the government. Having lived in this country Zimbabwe for years, I have no other country to go to, therefore, I decided to contact you, for your assistance, so that I can divert my interest in Zimbabwe to a more stable country as yours.
Also, I must re-iterate the importance of having a citizen of your country to front for me, since i intend to purchase some land for farming, I do not know much about your land-ownership laws, I thought it wise to seek the help of a foreigner to act as proxy for me. For this purpose, I have put in a security deposit all monies from the sale of my farming equipment(including tractors etc) and also all financial profits. All these are a total of US$18.5 million. I will upon receiving your consent prepare every document to enable you receive this money on my behalf, pending my arrival to meet with you in your country so that we can both make further arrangements with regards to the purchase of land. For your assistance to me, you will be entitled to a commission of 15% of the total sum that you will be receiving on my behalf for the above purpose. If you are interested and willing to assist me, you should please forward to me via my confidential email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (TAKE NOTE OF THIS PLEASE!!), the following information so that I can reach you:
1. YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS
2. YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER,
I am waiting urgently for your response, while also requesting that you treat this matter in strict privacy. Cheers and God bless.
I will give you more details when i hear from you. You can click on the link below to get a better understanding my situation and why i need to move out my money:
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