This email with the subject "A CRY FOR HELP" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 30 Nov 2005 01:09:50 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MRS MARIAM MATANBO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
DEAR SIR/MADAM It is indeed my most sincere wish that this mail finds you in a good state.The Zimbawean turmoils and troubles both in the past and present times had turned us into helpless and restless people putting us in a state where we really do need help.It is in this regard that I write you this mail not only do I trust that you will comply with its confidential nature but you will lend me an ear and come to my aid. I am Mrs Sandra E Matanbo. ,a citizen of Zimbabwe.It also will interest you to know that I am the Wife of Dr.Williams Matan, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. My late Husband, was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the 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 one of the Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$ 5.6 Million (Five Million,Six hundred United States Dollars) with a security and finance company as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited in the form of valuables to the security company to avoid seizure,and also to avoid much demurrage from the security company. This money was given to my Husband by president Mugabe for investment purpose while they were still in good terms. This land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act, which wholly affected the rich farmers, and some few blacks eventually vehemently condemned the modus operandi adopted by the government. And that resulted to rampant killing and mob actions by the veterans and some political thugs,precisely, more than thirty-on(31) people have been killed. Heads of government from Western World,especially Britain and United States of America have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe 's plan subsequently, the South African Development Community(S.A.D.C) has continuously supported Mugabe's new land reform act. It is against this background that I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa have decided to transfer my husbands money from the security company to another security in Europe . As the eldest Wife of my Husband, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking for a safe security company where this money could be lodged into without the knowledge of my government who had tactically freezing our family wealth and South African Government seems to be playing alongside with them. We have decided not to invest this money in South Africa for the fear of seizure and encountering the same experience in future,since both countries have almost the same political history.More so, the South African Foreign Exchange Policy does not allow such investment hence I am an asylum seeker.By writing this mail I entrust my future and that of my family on your hands, I should let you know that this transaction is risk free. Therefore if you accept to assist my family, we are willing to accept any reasonable condition you may deem necessary,and we can as well go into partnership business with you. please reply immediately to facilitate immediate action toward the transaction, Remember this business is highly confidential and shall be kept within you alone. Best regards, Mrs Sandra E Matanbo.