Scam Email received June 27, 2018 from email@example.com
Investment Proposal – firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTN: Sir,/Ma I humbly wish to seek your assistance in matter that is very important and needs utmost trust and confidence. I am John Mark.., a close confidant of one of South African most powerful family. The wife of former top Government official, a gold magnet (Original owner of Kruger Gold Co).i.e. Late Chief Bamunga Sango Mbeki, former Junior Minister of Mines and Power Federal republic of South Africa. Unfortunately, he died soon after handing over because the new government wanted to probe his activities while in office for financial appropriations. Presently, all his foreign and local account was frozen and their assets confiscated. The wife wishes to move out of South Africa the sum of US$42Million she wishes to invest the aforementioned sum in viable investment overseas. For obvious reasons, my client does not want to place this fund with established financial institution with the family name for security reasons. It is her desire that the deal be handled as quietly as possible without possibility of any leakage to public or government. She has therefore empowered me to find and negotiate for a reliable and trustworthy foreigner who can assist to invest the fund properly for the family. If you agree to act as a fund manager for my client and the family, I shall release the sum of US$42Million to you if you with a private security company coded and lodged in with a fictitious name. Upon a favorable response from you, I shall let you know of the steps involved. 1 Your full names 2 Your present contact address. 3 Your telephone & Fax numbers. 4 Your Occupations/age/sex. 5 Your Private Email Address. Your commission shall be down payment of 15% of the total sum, that is US$6.3 and annual 10% of the after tax returns on investment for the first 5 years. Thereafter, the terms shall be re-negotiated. If you are capable and willing to participate in this transaction contact me through my above email for a heart to heart discussion, less I look for someone else. Regards. John Mark. email@example.com
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