A Scam Email with the Subject "PLEASE I NEED YOUR ASISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 04 Dec 2005 09:54:58 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "mary candara" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
From Mrs Mary Candara
Johannesburg, South Africa.
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. I am MRS Mary Candara, the wife of late Mr. Philip Candara, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe, I got your contact through South African trade journal, and decided to write you. Before the death of my husband, he had taken me to Johannesburg during the world summit meeting held in South Africa in (2002) to deposit the sum of US$14.2 Million (Fourteen Million two hundred thousand United States Dollars), with one of the private finance security companies, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
This money was deposited in a box as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from the Security Company, This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the establishments of a new farm in Swaziland . This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe introduced a new Land Act reform, which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers.
This resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for which my husband was one of the victims, It is against this background that, I and my only son who are currently staying in South Africa decided to transfer my husband's money to a foreign country since the financial law of South Africa prohibits refugees from operating any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zones of South Africa, As the wife of my husband, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred into without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything .
All I seek for is an honest businessman or woman, whom I can entrust my future and that of my son, I must also let you know that this transaction is 100%risk free on both side. If you accept to assist me and my son all I want from you is for you to make arrangements and come to Johannesburg South Africa, where you will in front me open a non-resident account in your name which will aid us in transferring the money into any account you will nominate overseas. This money I intend to use for investment and growth in your country. I have two options for you, firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction, Or you can go into partnership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country.
I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses we might inure during the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the amount while the remaining 70% will remain for me and my family. Whichever the option you want, feel free to notify me. If you are really capable and willing to assist me please contact me immediately with the above Telephone, or this e-mail address with which I have sent you this message. Finally, please treat this matter as urgent as possible; I'm in dire need to leave this country soonest.
Thanks for your mutual co-operation.
I expect your soonest response.
Mrs Mary Candara
(For the Family)