This is a familiar script to those who follow African advance fee frauds. The writer claims to be a white Zimbabwean farmer who has been expelled from his land by the corrupt regime of Robert Mugabe. He has managed to place most of his money in a secret deposit, and now needs your help to get it out of the country. As usual, the scam is built around real people and real events, and just enough detail is given to make it almost seem plausible.
from: Mark Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM
subject: I need your help.
From: Mark Smith.
My Dear Friend,
I am Mark Smith, a white Zimbabwean Farmer. I am presently contacting you on a very urgent issue. My younger brother, David Smith was brutally assassinated by hoodlums loyal to the government of President Robert Mugabe. He was murdered barely one week after a farm situated on a landmass of 10,000 hectares was taken away from us by the Government. After the brutal murder of my brother David, I had to move members of our family out of Zimbabwe to Uganda to give me time to relocate and resettle. The death of my brother was also reported on CNN and BBC. You can read more about this through the link below:
Before David’s assassination, having in mind that the fight against the white farmers by the black loyalist to Mugabe’s government who where forcefully taking white farmers land and property from them. The fight became so fierce that we had to sell off most to the tractors and farm machineries we had, withdrew all our savings from the bank in preparation to flee the country. We deposited all our money in a security company. The security company had the money defaced to look like plane white papers just to make sure they bit security operatives at the airport during shipment via cargo. It was at the point of conclusion with immigration requirements for our departure from Zimbabwe that the unfortunate incident of David’s murder took place.
I am appealing to you in trust to lay claims to our money, which is all we have left as a family to survive on. The money deposited with the security company is $9.7 Million Dollars. The security company moved it to a safe location. I will disclose this location to you after I get your positive response to help us. For your assistance and acceptance to help us, you will get 30% of the total sum and keep the balance for us while we make arrangement to meet with you in your country if your country’s government policies would allow us room to start up our farming business.
If you are ready to help my family, the security company would need from you, the following information to contact you:
1. Your Full names.
2. Personal Phone number.
3. Personal Fax number.
8. City and Country of residence
As soon as I have this information, I will pass it on to the security company before you contact them as our family trustee to lay claims to the funds. God bless you as you help us.
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