A Scam Email with the Subject "URGENT RESPONSE FOR BUSINESS TRANSACTION," was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:33:14 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was Mr Hilary Benson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA URGENT RESPONSE FOR BUSINESS TRANSACTION, ATTN: SIR/MADAM, My name is Mr Hilary Benson, the first son of the late James. C. Benson. I am 20years old on the 15th December 2005; my father J. C. Benson was a great farmer in Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise for you to receive this Email from me and most especially where I got your contact address. I got your contact information from Global Trade Agent under the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industrial in Pretoria. During the current crisis against the farmers in Zimbabwe by the supporters of President Robert Mugabe to claim all white owned farms in the country, he ordered all white farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and his supporters; my father was one of the white farmers and opposed the president actions towards the white farms. My father was at the same time killed on the process of fighting back the invaders. After two months I lost my mother and the president gave order to confiscate all our properties including the farmland. After the incident, my younger brother and I decided to move out of Zimbabwe to South Africa for the safety of our lives. My late father told me on his bedside about a Security finance company in Europe where he deposited money. The relevant document was handed over to me by my father. The total amount is US$14.2million (fourteen million two hundred thousand United States Dollars) was lodged into the security company in a metal box and the contained box was not made known to the security company, rather it was declared to them as gold and precious metals. Due to our president status in South Africa and the nature by which we entered South Africa we do not reserve the right to operate or maintain a foreign dominated account as refugees. For your kindness I agree to give you 30%, 10% is set aside for expenses incur during the process of this transaction. Please I need your advice and assistance as an elder person in clearing the fund and in investing the said amount into a profit making venture. Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, give me your full name and private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted. This transaction is 100% risk free. I wait to hear from you as soon as possible. Yours Faithful, Mr Hilary Benson