A Scam Email with the Subject "PLS HELP A ZIMBABWE FAMILY IN NEED..." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 13 Mar 2009 18:11:46 -0400 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Victoria Godana"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
I know how surprising this letter will mean to you, but I plead with you to consider it as a request from a family in dire need of assistance. I am Mrs. Victoria Godana the wife of late Mr. Lawrence Godana of Gwanda town in Zimbabwe. Your contact information came to me from your country's trade journal (Through the Internet) during my search for a reliable and God fearing person that can assist me and my only son because I quite believe on my own that you can be of great help in this regard even if am not known to you before now!!
I wish to inform your reputable self/firm on behalf of my entire family and my Son, about an immensely beneficial business transaction that involves the transfer of US$6.4M (Six Million Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)into your account for safe keeping.This funds was inherited from my late husband who was assassinated by the president's (ROBERT MUGABE) aides in view of taking his lands and property because of the crisis which led to the killing and banishing of foreign (white) farmers.After the death of my husband (A day I can never forget) I was approached by our family lawyer who told me that my late husband had filed a document with him which before his untimely death 26th of July 2002 stipulates his "WILL”.In the "WILL" he specifically pointed and I quote;
"DARLING, I WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF SIX MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($6.4M) WHICH I DEPOSITED WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN SOUTHAFRICA WITH ALL THE DOCUMENTS FILED BY OUR LAWYER. IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH ONLY, YOU SHOULD SOLICIT FOR A FOREIGNER THAT CAN ASSIST YOU TO TRANSFER THE MONEY OUT OF THERE FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES.I HAVE SAVED THIS MONEY TO MAKE THE FUTURE OF MY ONLY SON MAXWELL GODANA CERTAIN AND SECURED FINANCIALLY"
You will understand that my future especially the future of my son depends on this money and as such I will be grateful if you can assist us in transferring this fund to your account overseas for our investments. My family is presently in (RSA) Republic of South Africa as asylum seekers/refugees owing to the land reform crises in my country Zimbabwe which lead to the death of my late husband Lawrence Godana, Consequently, we have decided to invest and re-settle outside the African continent due to geometric economic depression and increase in crises which leads to abuse of human rights, devaluation of currencies, acute scarcity of food and other amenities. I hope you may have heard of the crises in Zimbabwe over the CNN AND BBC news. http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/africa/08/12/violence.zimbabwe/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/zimbabwe/article/0,2763,562148,00.html
In fact, we would want you to assist us in the following areas: (1)To assist in transferring the money into your private account or company bank account for our investment in your country. (2) To advise us on the profitable and reliable investment opportunities in your country etc. We have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum, 5% for any expenses that may be incurred while the remaining 65% will be kept for us under your care till our arrival in your country.
Please feel free to contact me back as quickly as possible for more clarifications on email: email@example.com and God will bless you for your anticipated understanding and co-operation.
Mrs. Victoria Godana
(For the family)