A Scam Email with the Subject "Please take this step to change life." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 14 Sep 2006 07:02:42 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was Emmerson Tichaona <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Mr. Emmerson Tichaona
Valencia - Spain
I know this letter may come to you as a surprise considering the fact that we have not had any formal acquaintance before. We would want you for the sake of God to give this an immediate attention in view of the fact that the security of our lives and future are at stake.
I am Emmerson Tichaona 23 years old from ZIMBABWE but presently domiciled in Red Cross VALENCIA- SPAIN with my younger sister Rita Tichaona who is 20 years old. My father Mr. Michael Tichaona who before his untimely assassination by the ruthless government forces of Robert Mugabe was a renowned Farmer in Bulawayo Town in Zimbabwe. He was killed in our home town residential house at Bulawayo along side two of my other brother?s, two house maids, because my father joined the international community in condemning and speaking out against this uncivilized and bizarre policy of Robert Mugabe's government. As a result of my father firm and upright position on this matter, a group of assailants suspected to be government sympathizers attached and killed my father in cold blood in February last year. Fortunately for Me, my younger sister and mother, we were at our house in Harare the capital city were we reside as our mother decided that we stay with her while others go the weekend with my father. As we got the news of the tragedy. We immediately managed to ran into neighbouring country (Johannesburg) in South Africa for refugee. Unfortunately, As fate would have it, we lost our dear mother (may her soul rest in peace) as a result of what the Doctor called cardiac arrest.
As we were coming into Johannesburg, we had some documents of a deposit of $ 20.7m (Twenty Million seven hundred thousand USD) deposited by my late father in a security and trust company here in Spain . According to my late mother our father had, sensing the rising hostilities, sold some of his farm lands including those of some of his white farmer associates who had transferred ownership of their farm lands to my father to forestall the government acquiring them he intends to use this fund for his international business. Right now we are in Spain through the help of the Red Cross society and the catholic church in Johannesburg.
We had located the security company where the money is deposited with the help of an attorney we were able to establish ownership in my name as the next of KIN. Please right now, with the bitter experiences we had in our country we can not go back because we don't have any body to stay with, Coupled with the incessant political upheavals and hostilities in our country today and African sub regions, we desire seriously to leave here and ! live the rest of our life into a more peaceful and politically stable country like yours. Following the misfortune that has befallen our future. We therefore wish that you can help us in the following regards:
1) To adopt us as your own children as we do not wish to go back to Africa.
2) To help us invest the money into a lucrative business.
3) To assist us get a college admission to further our education as it was the wish of our parents before there death.
4) To assist us in getting residential permits for formal and comfortable stay in your country after the money must have been transferred into the account you will provide to the company.
Please I know that, this letter may sound strange and incredible to you, but the CNN and the BBC African bulletin! always have it as their major news features even till date. Therefore for the sake of God and humanity give an immediate positive consideration and reply to me through my e-mail address or call me through my indicated phone above. We shall willingly agree to offer you any suitable percentage of the money you will propose as your compensation for your assistance with regards to the above if you would not have us as your own children, as we don't intends to share any thing with our would be parents. Please in view of our sensitive refugee status and as we are still conscious of our father's enemies. I would like you to give this a highly confidential approach. If you are willing to assist us in this send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Emmerson Tichaona.