Mrs. Blessing Badru of Zimbabwe

The long-running crisis in Zimbabwe has been used for some time by scammers trying to trick people out of their money. Messages like the one below purport to be from a Zimbabwean refugee, often a white farmer run off his land, and ask for help to recover a vast fortune secretly on deposit somewhere. You’ll get a cut of course! Or you would if any of it were true. Unfortunately, it’s all a scam.

from: Mrs. Blessing Badru (
date: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 9:43 AM
subject: This is Private, Please Get Back To Me

Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs. Blessing badru, a widow, I am a citizen of Zimbabwe, but I am presently living in South Africa with my son John as a refugee, my late husband Mr. titu badru, was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe 2 years ago.

I inherited the sum of US$10Million (Ten Million united states Dollars), from my late husband, which he deposited in a private security Company before he died. This money was in a trunk box as a family treasure and was deposited as Consignment to avoid much demurrage from the Security Company.

My husband was a wealthy farmer, this money he wanted to use for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and to establish a new farm in Swaziland , a neighboring country.

This land problem started five years ago when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduced a new Land Act reform, which affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers. And this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, lot of people has been killed because of this land reformed Act for which my husband was one of the victim.

It is based on this situation that I and my only son John, have to run to South Africa where we are presently living as refugees (asylum seeker) because our lives are also at risk in Zimbabwe.

The law of South Africa prohibits a refugee to operate a bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zone South Africa. So a friend of my late husband who is a banker in South Africa advised me to look for a trusted foreigner who can assist me and get the money transferred to his overseas account for the benefit of my son and me.

This is why I am contacting you to please assist me and get this money over to your country so I can come over with my son to live and invest in your country, We are willing to give you commission of 30% for your help and assistance.

If you will be willing and sincere to help me, please contact me on this email address:

I expect your positive response.

Best regards and God bless,
Mrs. Blessing badru/John badru
+27-73-1799-279 [my son]

General Donald Kambida of Angola

This is a standard war-story scam, about a dear father who was killed in battle, but left behind a secret fortune for his beloved son. If you’ll just help get it out of the country, you can have a cut! If you take the bait you’ll soon be asked to pay “bribes” and “transfer fees” to grease the transaction, and then when the scammer has your money in his pocket he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.

Date: Sep 14, 2005 4:34 PM
Subject: Request For Join Venture Business

TEL: 27-83-472-9685
FAX: 27-11-507-6396


I know you will be surprise to receive this letter. I am MR.ADRIAN KAMBIDA; the only son of the General DONALD KAMBIDA who was killed during a bloody shoot out claimed the lives of 24 Cols and Generals including the life of the late JONAS SAVIMBI of republic of ANGOLA.

I got your contact through the South African information of Exchange (S.A.I.E) regarding your trust worthy, as such; I decided to ask for your assistance to transfer some money Out of South Africa into your personal or company account.

Before my father’s death, he was the General in charge of Arms and Ammunition purchase for the Republic of Angola Arms Forces. And in his will he specifically drew my attention to the sum of US$35.7 MILLION United State Dollars) which deposited in a private Security and finance company in South Africa.


From the above, you will understand that the lives and the future of my Family depend on this money, as such we will be very grateful if you can assist us. We are now leaving in South Africa as political asylum Seekers and financial law of republic of South Africa do not allow Asylum seekers certain financial right to such huge amount of money. In view of this, I cannot invest this money in South Africa, hence my asking you to assist me to transfer this money out of South Africa to your own personal or Company account overseas for investment purposes.

For your effort my family is willing to offer you 20% of the total Money, while 5% will be put aside for local and international expenses Incurred during the transaction and the balance I intend to invest in a Profitable venture in your country or else where you may advice. Please Note that this transaction is 100% risk free, the major thing I require from you is absolute ASSURANCE that the money will be safe when transferred to your account

Finally, modalities on how to transfer this money will be discussed Once a genuine interest from you is shown.

Thanks and God Bless You,

Best Regards.


Peter Khumalo, ABSA Bank

It’s another hidden bank account that belonged to a deceased foreigner! And this time you don’t even have to pose as Ernest B. Benjamin’s next-of-kin. “Peter Khumalo” will split the proceeds with you and all you have to do is claim the money as a fellow foreigner. Such a deal!

Subject: GOOD DAY!
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 09:14:31 -0400 (EDT)

P.O. BOX 1596


I know that this message will come to you as a surprise since we don’t know each other before, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR.PETER KHUMALO THE AUDIT DEPT ASSISTANT MANAGER OF AMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (ABSA).

There is an account opened in this bank in February 2001 and since November 2003 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be for feited for nothing. The owner of this account is MR. ERNEST B. BENJAMIN, a foreigner, and a miner at Kruger Goal Co. a geologist by profession and he died since August 2003.

No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that this company does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is US$10.2 million (TEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS).

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in US Dollars and the former owner of the account is MR. ERNEST B. BENJAMIN is a foreigner too. I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don’t know ourselves before. We will sign an agreement but be sure that it is real and a genuine business. Please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take immediately. Send also your private Tel. and a fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit.

I want us to meet face to face or sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that you can receive this money into a foreign account or any account of our choice where the fund will be safe.

And I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other investments. Meanwhile you can open a new account in any bank for this purpose if you like. I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreign account and a foreign beneficiary.

I need your full cooperation to make this work fine because the management is ready to give approval to any foreigner, who has the correct information of the account, which I will give to you later, if you are able and willing to handle such an amount of money in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity will never come again in my life. I need truthful person in this business because I don’t want to make mistake, I need your strong assurance and trust.

With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any foreigner’s reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be in tact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. I will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place. You can also come to discuss with me face to face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and two of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going into the account. I will use my position and influence to effect the legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of ministries and foreign exchange departments. At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 30% of the total amount while 10% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring, 60% will be for me.

I look forward to your earliest reply through my email above.

Best regards,


Widow Elizabeth Williams of Angola

A wealthy widow, a family of struggling refugees — these are the things of which good scams are made. Honest Mrs. Williams has protected her family’s money from corrupt officials, and all she needs is a little more help from you to escape her war-torn country. “Note that this E-mail is not one of those internet jokes and should be treated with seriousness, utmost important and confidentiality,” she says. Alas, that part is a lie too.

Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 09:39:11 +0200

FROM: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams
101 Trungaat steet.
Luanda, Angola

Dear Friend,

With due respect, trust and humanity, I and my family send to you this letter seeking for your help and assistance although we have not meet each other before but we hope that this letter will meet you and your family in good condition of health. Firstly, I must introduce myself, I am Mrs. Elizabeth Williams from Angola. I am the wife of late Brigadier Arnold Williams. My husband was a Brigadier in charge of arms ammunitions procurement in the Angolan army. In his “Will”, he specifically drew my attention to US$11.5 Million which he deposited in a Security and finance Company in South Africa, in an investment account, fully documented in our first son’s name (Douglas Williams) as the beneficiary to the account in case of death.

IN FACT MY HUSBAND SAID AND I QUOTE: “My beloved son, I wish to draw your attention to US$11.5M (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). I deposited this funds in a Security Finance Company in, South Africa. During the war, I was very dedicated and committed to winning the war against the rebels until when I found out that senior army officers and top government functionaries were busy helping themselves with government funds and properties and sending them to foreign countries”. Due to this when I was assigned by the President (President Eduardo Santos) to purchase arms from South Africa, I saw this as a golden opportunity and diverted the fund for personal use. In case of my absence on each as a result of death only, you should solicit for the transfer of the fund out of this shore for investment purposes.

From the above, you will understand that the lives and future of my family depends on this fund, as such I will be grateful if you can assist my son who is in South Africa for now as a refugee (asylum seekers) , and the South African Foreign exchange policy does not allow such investment from a refugee (asylum seekers) even to participate in any financial transaction, having any bank account or to own an enterprise or company of his/her own in South Africa.

It is on this note that I’m therefore seeking for your kind assistance, to assist us in transferring this funds into your account. You as a businessman, whom we have to entrust our future since both my future and of my family are in your hands, I must let you know that this transaction is risk free. Your assistance in receiving this sum of US$11. 5M and relocating my family will be highly appreciated. Also my son will let you know the benefiting conditions of your assistance in his correspondence to you. More, so where the funds is deposited will be communicated to you as soon as you state your willingness to assist us.

Do contact my son immediately through this his Email address: to first open communication with you before elaborating further on what need to be done. More so, to commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate by a return Email and enclose your private contact telephone and fax numbers and name, to enable him communicate further with you. Let him also know your country of origin and your proposed country of the said investment.

Note that this E-mail is not one of those internet jokes and should be treated with seriousness, utmost important and confidentiality. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly destroy this letter/mail in view of the confidentiality of the proposed transaction and for the interest of my family.

Kindly reply to my son through this his email address:

Finally, we employ your confident to this matter as well as your love, kindness and understanding.

Please treat this matter as very urgent.

Thanks and regards,

Mrs. Elizabeth Williams

ABSA Bank Scam

This is a classic next-of-kin scam. A supposed bank official has discovered a dormant account, and research shows the owner is dead. If you’ll pose as the next of kin, you and the bank official can split the proceeds, and no harm will be done to anyone. (The money would just revert to the government anyway; it’s not like we’re taking it away from the legitimate heirs.) Alas, there’s really no dormant account and no money to be had. There’s only a scammer who will try to get your money into his pocket.

From: “David Kaizer”
Subject: Mr. Creek
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 11:05:09 +0000

From: Mr. David Kaizer
Amalgamated Bank of South Africa (ABSA)
160 Main Street, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tel: 27-82-582-7031



I am Mr. David Kaizer the Manager International Relation of Amalgamated Bank of South Africa (ABSA) I’m 41yrs old. I got your email address on the Internet, though we have not met before I believe this transaction will bring us together.

We had a customer and he was a foreigner base here in South Africa with his wife and two children, his Name was Mr. Hamilton Creek from Atlanta Georgia in United States of America, he was a Miner at Kruger Gold Company and Geologist by profession.

Mr. Hamilton has been banking with us for the past 5yrs, some time In August 2002, Mr. Hamilton was on his way to his house unfortunately he ran into a Trailer truck loaded with Groundnut Oil, his car burnt and no single soul was saved. Mr. Hamilton and his entire family was confirmed death in the accident.

The Board of Directors and Management of Amalgamated Bank of South Africa (ABSA) appointed me to look for Mr. Hamilton Creek relation/relatives to come and claim the late Mr. Hamilton’s Fund. Since August 2002 till date, I have been looking for the late Mr. Hamilton Creek relation’s/Next of Kin to come and claim his Funds which he deposited in our bank, I have contacted the united States Embassy the Ambassador told me they cant find any relatives of Late Mr. Creek. It is quite unfortunate that Mr. Hamilton Creek died with all his family members.

The reason I am contacting you is Mr. Hamilton is dead with his families no person or person[s] has come to claim this money from our bank. The board of directors and management of our bank resolved that if no one comes to claim the fund of Late Mr. Hamilton the bank would return the Fund into our Federal Reserve.

I want you to stand as the Relation or next of kin to Late Mr. Hamilton Creek to inherit his money. It might interest you to know that Mr. Hamilton made a special deposit of (US$9.2Million} Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars and this money is still in his account unclaimed.

This transaction is very easy and simple it is 100% risks free, it takes only ten days to conclude. The Management and Board of Directors are still waiting for me to provide any Relatives/next of Kin to late Hamilton Creek, I told the board to give me sometime to see if I can get hold of any relatives/next of kin to the deceased.

Be rest assure that you are not coming to south Africa every arrangement that regards to this deal has been made. All we need is a service of a lawyer who will obtain every legal documentation that my bank need as proof you are the next of kin to late Mr. Creek. I need your strong assurance and trust, with my position in the bank I do not want anything that will tarnish my image before the board, I advice that we should make this transaction confidential.

If you are interested forward me the followings to enable the lawyer secure the document that my bank required for the claim.

1) Your full names and address.
2) Your private telephone and fax numbers.
3) Your age.
4) Your occupation.

Please feel free to ask any questions. We will share Late Mr. Hamilton Creek Funds 50-50; you will take 50% of the US$9.2M. Which is US$4.600,000.00 Four Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars.

Waiting for your immediate response.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Friendly Regards

Mr. David Kaizer.

Susan Shabangu, Public Works Minister (Scam Alert)

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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
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 05 12:20:38 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Subject: Urgent & Confidential


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.

Yours Faithfully,


Engr. Gideon Aghogho, Contract Review (Scam Alert)

It’s the old over-invoiced account scam. A government official claims to have found extra money “floating” in a forgotten bank account with no one to claim it. If you would just assist in the transfer, you can have a cut. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is. You’ll discover that there are “fees” and “transfer taxes” to be paid, and once the scammer has your money in his pockets you’ll never hear from him again.

From: “Gideon Aghogho”
Subject: I need your reply on this issue
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 15:41:37 +0000




Let me introduce myself to you, I am Engr Gideon Aghogho, I am currently a member of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel. I have been mandated by my colleagues in the panel to seek for a reliable partner to work with us in this our pending project. Anyway I got your contact information through my tedious search in the internet and I decided to write you immediately, I hope to hear back from you as soon as possible.

We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel who are interested in importation of goods into our country with funds which are presently trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this business, we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your account the said trapped funds. The source of this funds is as follows: During the immediate past military regime here in Nigeria, government officials set up companies and awarded themselve contracts which were grossly over invoiced in various ministries. The present democratic government set up a Contract Review Panel to look into these contracts as well as those awarded to contractors, for which payment has not been made. In the course of doing this, we identified a lot of inflated funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria and ready for payment. However, by virtue of our position as civil servants and members of this panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names. I have therefore been delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues of the panel to look for an overseas partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of US$11,000,000.00 (Eleven Million U.S. Dollars). Hence my writing you to solicit your partnership in this transaction.

We have agreed to share the money thus:

1. 15% for the Account owner (you).

2. 75% for us (The Officials).

3. 10% to be set aside in settling all foreign expenses (by you) and local expenses (by us) incidental to the actualisation of this project.

As a token of our gratitude, as soon as you confirm the arrival of the funds in your Account, we shall arrange for you the equivalent of 500,000 barrels of Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO), for spotlifting at a price less than the prevailing market value per barrel. We wish to commence the importation business from our 75% share of the proceeds from the project. Please, note that this transaction is 100% safe,and we intend to effect the transfer within 10-14 banking days from the date of receipt of the following information from you via Email:

1) Your Full name.

2) Company’s name and address.

3) Confidential telephone and fax number.

The above information will enable us write letters of claim and job description respectively. This way, we will use your company’s name to apply for the payment and re-award the contract to your company. I hope you will look favourably on this proposal as I solicit your confidentiality in this transaction. Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter email. I will bring you into the complete picture of this pending project when I hear from you.

Yours faithfully

ENGR. Gideon Aghogho.

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Andreas Greg, Car Crash Victim (Scam Alert)

James Masinga has a deal for you. If you’ll just pose as the next-of-kin to Andreas Greg who died in a ghastly car crash, you can have a percentage of his abandoned bank account in South Africa and the millions it contains. If you take Mr. Masinga’s bait, you’ll soon be on the hook for “taxes” and “fees” and “bribes” to grease the transaction, and then once he has your money in his pockets, you’ll never hear from him again.

Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 03:19:18 +0200
Subject: HELLO!



I am MR. James Masinga, The Director of bills/exchange at the foreign Remittance department of ABSA Bank Limited, South Africa. I have decided to contact you through this medium based on a business proposal, which will be of mutual benefit to both of us. However be Informed that I discovered your company/person through your country’s Directory. here in South Africa when I was searching for a foreign business partner whom I will transfer this fund in his personal or company‚Äôs account, that is why i am contacting you.

During a usual bank auditing, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$ 29,000 000:00 (TWENTY NINE MILLION US DOLLARS ONLY) in an account that belong to one of our foreign customers (MR ANDREAS GREG) who died along with his entire family in a ghastly car accident. Since we got the information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money, because we can not release it unless some body apply for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Unfortunately, no body has come forward to claim this money. It is based on this that some officials in my department and I have decided to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting You. If you indicate interest in this affairs, our Attorney shall prepare some documents, which we shall Send to you and your name shall be incorporated as a Beneficiary of this fund (NEXT OF KIN OF MR ANDREAS GREG) The information shall be backdated and put in MR ANDREAS GREG’S FILE.

As soon as I get your response to this massage, I will send you the bank transfer from which you will fill and fax it back to us to enable us submit it to the bank fo transfer approval. I will also consult a lawyer who will represent you in all legal procedures and sign the necessary documents before the transfer will commenced. Then again, we do not want the money to go into the Government account as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that any account Abandoned or dormant for a period of years is deemed Closed and all money contained therein would be Forfeited to the government treasury account.

Now it is being speculated that the above sum will be Transferred into the government account as an Unclaimed fund on. The mode of sharing after the transfer of the money into your nominated account will be:70% for me And my colleagues and 25% will be given to you for the Role you will be expected to play in the whole Exercise, and 5% will be mapped out for expenses both of us. will incure in this transfer if this proposal matches with your inward intension for success and greatness, then you are urged to make a quick response indicating your readiness and Interest to participate in the business.

I expect your Urgent response through this e-mail address or please send me your private telephone and fax numbers to enable us Conclude this transaction soon enough. Please treat this business proposal As strictly Confidential for our mutual long-term benefit. Hoping to hear from you very Soon.

Best Regards,

James Masinga.

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