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 (email@example.com)
date: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 9:43 AM
subject: This is Private, Please Get Back To Me
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
I expect your positive response.
Best regards and God bless,
Mrs. Blessing badru/John badru
+27-73-1799-279 [my son]