A Scam Email with the Subject "ASSISTANCE NEEDED" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 16 Jul 2005 23:50:56 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was firstname.lastname@example.org , although it may have been spoofed.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. TEL: +27-73-289-8386 Dear sir,madam You may be surprise to receive this message from me since you don't know me in person, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR.MARK ZUMA, the son of late MR. DAVID ZUMA, who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE. I got your contact through the South African Information Exchange Online,then I decided to write you. My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agent of the ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party. Before the death of my father, he took me to South Africa to deposit the sum of Thirty Five Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($35.2m) with a security and finance company, as if he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as a gem or precious stone to avoid much demurrage from the security firm. This money was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for the farms and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland. This land problem arose when President R. MUGABE introduced a new land Act. which wholly affects the White rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government. This resulted to rampant killing and mob actions. I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa as a refugee or an asylum seeker have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have the same political history. Moreover, the South African monetary policy/law does not allow such investment by an asylum seeker or refugee. I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessary matter. So if you are willing to assist us, I and my family have agreed to give whoever can be of help 15% of the total money, 40% will be for a joint business venture I will be doing with you and another 40% will be for me and my family which we shall also invest in your country and the remaining 5% will be mapped out for all expenses we may incurred during the transaction. Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance, endeavor to reply through my email address or the above tel./fax No. I also need your private phone and fax number for easy communication. Remember that this is highly confidential and the success of this business depends on how secret it is kept. Expecting your reply soonest. Best Regard. MARK ZUMA