A Scam Email with the Subject "URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 19 Nov 2006 08:14:21 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "banda martin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
-- Dear Sir, You may be surprised to receive this letter since you do not know me personally, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR.BANDA MARTIN, the son of DR.GEORGE BANDA, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through the South African Information Exchange (S.A.I.E) here in South Africa and I decided to write for assistance. My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by agents of the ruling government of President Robert Mugabe for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition party controlled by the whites. Before his death, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$15 Million Dollars (FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) with a security and finance company as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited in a box as a consignment with Security Company to avoid seizure. This money was earmarked for the purchase machineries and chemicals for the farms and the establishment of new farm in Lesotho and Swaziland. The land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land Act that wholly affects the rich farmers. Some few blacks vehemently condemned the modus operandi adopted by the government that resulted to rampant killing and mob actions by the war veterans and some political thugs, precisely; hundreds of people had been killed. Heads of government from the western world especially the British and United States of America have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe’s plans.Susequently Southern African Development Community (S.A.D.C) has continuously supported Mugabe’s new land reforms Acts. It is against this back ground that I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa have decided to transfer this money out of South Africa into a foreign bank account. I must let you know that this transaction is100% risk free.Therefore,if you accept to assist my family and myself, we are willing to offer you 30% of the total sum for your assistance,65% will be for me and my family while 5% will be used for all expenses. If this proposal is accepted by you, please do replies by email .The confidentiality of this transaction cannot be overemphasized? Best Regards, Mr. Banda Martin