Japheth Emekam and Udegba Ekeokwu (scam alert)

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This is a typical example of an African “419” scam, complete with broken English and millions in cash ready to be delivered to you. If you make the mistake of replying you’ll find that you have to pay “transfer fees” or “customs taxes” before your (imaginary) fortune can be delivered, and if you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammers will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016
From: WESTERN UNION n-gakkou.@ocn.ne.jp
Reply-To: WESTERN UNION mrdavidmarksr@web.co.zw

I want to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 US Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full over due payment total sum of $1.m USD, via western union by the Ministry of Finance. I tried reaching you on phone to give you all the information on phone but I couldn’t get through yesterday,

So I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you can pick up the $5000.00 to enable us send another $5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you $5000.00 only per day. And it was agreed that you will pay the transfer clearance certificate which sum of $85 before the release of the payment to you.

Please pick up this information and locate any western union around to pick up the $5000.00 and call the Operation Manager Mr.David Mark, because he is the person in-charge of your payment, and he can send you another payment today once you contact him, phone line Call +229-99446795 E-mail( mrdavidmarksr@web.co.zw )
contact him once you picked up the $5000.00 today.

Below is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving daily after you sent them their transfer clearance certificate of $85 and it will serve as re-confirmation of your payment file in their office.

Here is the Senders Information;
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):1959827786
Senders First Name: Joseph
Senders Last Name: Holy

Website; www.westernunion.com.
They will be waiting to hear from you with the transfer clearance certificate payment of $85 today;And you can use this below information to send the transfer charges today.

Receiver Name——Japheth Emekam
Country——Benin Republic
Amount———$85.00 usd
Text Question—-When
Sender’s Name—-

Be advice that $85 transfer clearance certificate is compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely. Endeavor to E-mail your direct telephone number because you will call once the payment information is sent to you.


Udegba Ekeokwu

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White Zimbabwe Farmer Scam

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 (marksm_1ca@netmail.net)
reply-to: marksm_1ca@yahoo.co.jp
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM
subject: I need your help.

From: Mark Smith.
Marondera Province,

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.
4. Occupation.
5. Sex.
6. Age.
7. Nationality.
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.


Mark Smith.

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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 (mrs.blessingbadru@dailycarnage.com)
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: mrs.blessingbadru@dailycarnage.com

I expect your positive response.

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

Paul Rhodes, Zimbabwe Farmer (Scam Alert)

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” paulrhodes@box.az
To: prhodes@box.az
Subject: my story

EMAIL: prhodes@shearer.com

Dear Partner,

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: prhodes@shearer.com (TAKE NOTE OF THIS PLEASE!!), the following information so that I can reach you:


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:


Best Regards


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