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It’s amazing how senior government officials in Africa are always asking for your help, isn’t it? “Susan Shabangu” wants your assistance in spiriting away a vast sum of money her late husband hid in a secret account. Of course the real Susan Shabangu — an actual South African government official — doesn’t know anything about this. A scammer has just stolen her name to advance his own scheme. If you take the bait you’ll soon discover that “fees” and “bribes” will have to be paid in order to advance the transaction, and once the scammer has your money in his pocket he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.
From: susan_sh email@example.com
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 05 12:20:38 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Subject: Urgent & Confidential
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US30.5M Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) First, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Susan Shabangu, a mother of three children and the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17 June 1999) to date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR THABO MBEKI. You can view my profile at my website:
After the swearing in ceremony making me the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17 June 1999), my husband Mr Ndelebe Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a Dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a Bank here in South Africa. This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him.
I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date. If they discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South Africa and this will definetely affect my political career in Government.
I want your assistance in opening a reliable online bank (preferably, cayman Island) through my Attorney so that this fund could be moved out of this place without any hitch. As soon as the fund is cleared from this place, you are expected to move it immediately into another personal bank account in your country.
I will see to it that the account is not traced from South Africa. As soon as you have confirmed the fund into your account, I will send my eldest son with my Attorney to come to your country to discuss on business investments.
For your assistance, I am offering you 10% of the principal sum which amounts to US$3,050.000.00 (Three million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars Only) However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email.
Due to my sensitive position in the South African Government, I would not want you to CALL me on phone or send a fax to me. All correspondents must be by above mail address.
If you want to speak with my Attorney, that is fine and okay by me. His chambers will be representing my interest at the bank. All correspondence must be made either to my Attorney or send me an email.
I will also like you to give me your contact address,telephone and fax to enable my Attorney call or reach you from time to time.
Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT CALL ME!
If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue and please do not let me out to the international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.
MRS. SUSAN SHABANGU.