Fee Fraud Using Farm / Land Disputes in Africa
Mr. Smith Goes to Johannesburg
Dave Green sent this along 11/11/01
simeon atanga <firstname.lastname@example.org
My names are Mr. SIMEON ATANGA SMITH, the elder son of Mr. George
Smith of Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise to you where I got your
contact address, I got your e-mail address from the internet, please
don't be worried.
During the current crisis against the farmers of Zimbabwe by the
supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white
owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white farmers to
surrender their farms to his party members and their followers.
My father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing
that he did not support the president’s political ideology,
the president’s supporters invaded my father’s farm burnt
down everything, killed him and confiscated all his investments.
After the death of my father, my mother and I with my younger brother
decided to move out of Zimbabwe for the safety of our lives. We took
along with us the money my father kept in the safe in my mother’s
house which amounted to the sum of US$23.7 Million United States
Dollars to the Republic of South Africa. The funds are presently
being kept away in the secret vaults of a private security firm
based here in Johannesburg.
The officials of the firm believes they are helping me in keeping
my personal Valuables, not realizing, that it is money.
My self and my mother have decided to contact any reliable
overseas firm/person who could assist us to transfer this money out
of The Republic of South Africa, because we as asylum seeker here
in South Africa cannot open a non-resident account through which
this fund will be channeled out to your nominated overseas account.
If my proposition is considered, for assisting us to transfer this
money to your country, we will offer you 20% of the total fund, and
5% of the total will be set aside to cover any expenses incurred
during this transaction. 75% will be for me and my family to invest
in your country under your supervision.
For detailed information, you can contact me on my E-MAIL;email@example.com
NOTE: THE KEY WORD TO THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY
AND DISCIPLINE. THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. YOUR URGENT RESPONSE
WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED.
SIMEON A. SMITH.
Bring Your Baby While You're At It
... With respect, trust, and humility I write to seek your assistance,
though it is difficult since we have not meet before but I got your
contact through South Africa Information Exchange. S.A.I.E.
I am Felix Moyo the First Son of Dr Peter Moyo a Zimbabwe Politician
and Businessman from Bulawayo district, who was kidnapped on 20th
July 2001 by soldiers suspected to have the backing of Government
of President Robert Mugabe because of my fathers outspokenness against
Mugabe's decision to seize farms own by Whites and freely
give it to Black farmers without compensation to the original owners
in other for him to secure their votes in the coming presidential
election, this has led to the dead of many blacks and whites since
... managed to sneak out a written note to me and my younger brother
John... box he concealed under the roof of his bedroom... meant
for his party Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe...
... now we are in South Africa with the money deposited with a security
... I DON'T SUPPORT YOUR WAVING AWAY THE 25% OFFERED TO YOU FOR
HELPING ME BECAUSE A WORKER DESERVES HIS OR HER PAY...
... I CAME ACROSS YOUR NAME ON THE NET AND PRAYED OVER IT AND WAS
CONVINCED THAT YOU MAY BE THE RIGHT PERSON TO HELP ME OUT SO PLEASE
DON'T GIVE UP BECAUSE YOUR REWARD AWAITS YOU BOTH NOW AND AFTER...
... AS AN ASYLUM SEEKER I HAVE NO RIGHT TO RUN ANY BANKING TRANSACTIONS
IN THIS COUNTRY...
... I WANT YOU TO COME TO SOUTH AFRICA IS THAT I WANT YOU TO SEE
THE MONEY WITH YOUR TWO NAKED EYES AND BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING...
... CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW BORN BABY. YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION
WILL BE MADE BY ME HERE, SO YOU ARE 100% SAFE...
... YOU SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 3000 POUNDS FOR CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
AND OPENING OF ACCOUNT WHICH YOU WILL GET BACK AFTER SIGNING
OUT THE MONEY FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY...
martin lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent in by Sue Haskins whose cousin, out of innocence and pity for
the terrible things going on in Zimbabwe, was fairly close to buying
her ticket to Johannesburg and paying the required $US 3000.
... I am Mrs. Theresa Makagbo, the wife of Chief John Makagbo, 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 white minority.
Before his death he had taken to Dakar-Senegal and deposited...
with a Security and Finance Company...
.... Subsequently, the South African Development Community (S.A.D.C)
has continuously supported Mugabe's new land act... forced
... call me on this phone number, 00221-6639-666 Theresa Makagbo
My full name is Mrs. Theresa Imhanwo Makagbo; I am 40 years old
and blessed with three children, two sons and one daughter. Festus
25, Manfab 24 and Tracy 22 yrs. Festus had polio when he was
young which subsequently led to his disability... currently seeking
political asylum in Holland, The Netherlands.
His name is Festus Makagbo and his phone number is +316-155-655-28
while his email address is First28@omaninfo.com email@example.com
Basically, I want you to help me receive this money as the beneficiary.
... only the foreign affiliate that can claim it... will send to
you a copy of the certificate of deposit, the certificate of ownership,
the receipt of deposit, power of attorney...
... have made all necessary arrangements here in Dakar for a diplomat
to assist you and my son, Festus in the area of lodging and transfer...
help you to open an offshore account... have agreed to pay to him
as soon as he completed his role...
Please sir. I am counting on you and I hope and believe that you
can rescue me out of the trouble I find myself. In your goodwill,
I want you to consider me and my children as your family members
who you cannot afford to let suffer and die in pain... I am writing
you this mail in tears...
Sent in by Richard Prior 04/15/02
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL
You may be surprised to receive this letter from me, since you do
not know me personally. I am ABDUL MOMOH, the first son of NDIATA
MOMOH, the most popular black farmer in Zimbabwe. He was recently
murdered in the land dispute...
Before the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit...
private security company... ... deposited in a box as gemstones
to avoid much demurrage... for establishment of new farms in Swaziland.
This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert
Mugabe introduced a new land Act Reform wholly affecting the
rich white farmersand some few black farmers...
... fled Zimbabwe for fear of our lives and are currently
staying in the Netherlands where... law prohibits a refugee
(asylum seeker) to have such amount of money in any bank account
or to be involved in any financial transaction of such magnitude...
... faced with the dilemma of moving this amount of money
out of South Africa... make an arrangement with the security
company to clear the consignment (funds)... all modalities
will have to be put in place like change of ownership...
GOD BLESS YOU Yours Faithfully, Abdul Momoh.
Sent in by Emmanuel de Poorter 04/18/02
TEL : +27-731-597-775
FAX : +27-116-431-489
... I am MR. BENJAMIN GEZI the son of MR. CLEMENT
B. GEZI, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in
... planned using it for the past Zimbabwe election campaign...
deposited as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from
the Security Company...
... land problem come when Zimbabwean president Mr. Robert
Mugabe introduced a new Land Act reform...
Sent in by Emmanuel De Poorter 04/23/02
The Father, The Son and the Whole e-Boast
I am Mrs. Janet Benson the Wife of the late Mr. James
Benson of Zimbabwe. I got your contact address from the South
African Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, please don't worry.
During the current crisis against the farmers of Zimbabwe by
supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to Claim all the
white owners farms in my Country, he ordered all the farmers
to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers. My
Husband was one of the biggest farmers in the Country and although
a black indigene, He did not support the presidents political
Therefore the Presidents supporters invaded my Husband farm
burnt down everything , killed him and confiscated all his
investments. After the death of my Husband, my Son and I together
with His younger brother decided to move out of Zimbabwe for
the safety of our lives. On our departure from Zimbabwe, We
took along with us some money, which my father kept in
the safe, in my mothers custody, which amounted to the
of $20,000,000.00 ( twenty million united states dollars) to
the republic of South Africa where we have deposited it as
personal valuables in Private Security Company and
sought for Political asylum.
My Son has suggested and I agree that we have to further move
out of African Continent to overseas for actual safety and
to do a reliable business investments. Therefore we have decided
that I should contact any reliable overseas person , firm,
Company who could assist us to transfer this money out of South
Africa through a current investment account because as
refugees we are not allowed to operate any account.
If my proposal is considered, assisting us to transfer this
money to your country, we confidentially agree to offer you
20% of the total found, 5% will be for any expenses that may
be incurred during the transaction, 75% will be for me and
my family to invest in your country with your assistance.
For detailed information, please you can contact my Son Douglas
Benson his private number is 27-83533-6259
NOTE: PLEASE FOR THE REASON OF OUR ASYLUM STATUS DO MAINTAIN
ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY WHILE WE ALSO PROMISE
TO DO THE SAME. I ASSURE YOU THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100%
TIME OF ESSENCE. YOUR URGENT RESPONSE WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED.
JANET BENSON on behalf of the family
Sent in by Emmanuel De Poorter 04/23/02
Feminine Fair-Skinned Black Man
Good day to you. My name is Lynda Muller, owner and
director of Wattle Group of Companies (PVT) Ltd., established
by my late husband here in Zimbabwe, southern Africa.
We have had various interest in mining (precious stones and
coal), in tobacco, Estates, and in large scale farming through
our Inyabamba Farms. In these we have achieved tremendous
success for several years. However in the past few years, our
business has been drastically affected by government policies
which have been against white minorities (of which my family
is one) controlling the nations wealth.
This has led to our being compelled to sell most of our interests,
leaving only the Farms. But with the recent Land Seizure
Policy by the government, our farms and lands were forcefully
taken from us by the majority blacks led by ex-war veterans.
The physical attacks and trauma led to my husbands ill health
which sadly led to his demise.
With the continuous discrimination and insensitivity to our
situation, it has become impossible for my children and I to
continue in the only environment we have always known.
I am now seeking to invest our saved resources abroad in
a safer environment were I intend to subsequently relocate
with my family. Thus I make research from the internet
for reputable companies with whom I can open discussions
on business partnership and investments abroad. For
this, I make contact with you, and hoping to commence business
relationship with you.
I thank you for your understanding, and look forward to hear
from you soon.
Wattle Group of Companies (PVT) Ltd.,
4 Dalney Street, Belmont,
firstname.lastname@example.org (Lynda Jennifer Muller)
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Please come to America for a Visit and let me get a chance to
know you. I think a holiday abroad would be a good change
from all the depression and anxiety of your circumstances. Although
the pictures of you and your children are quite lovely, you can
see the unhappiness very clearly in your eyes.
Sincerely, Ms. Nicholas
Good day to you, and thank you for your email inviting me to the
US. This is my earnest desire. However, you did not answer my last
email to you on your stand regarding your assistance to me. Please
... received your email ... preferred... to contact you by phone... unable
to connect to international trunk... from the public phone I used
(as my personal lines have been bad).
... I hired the services of Mr. Ohen Matizanadzo of Coghlan,
Welsh & Guest Law Chambers... here in Harare...
... do not have direct access to the funds my husband saved behind.
I told you that my husband disguised the deposits he made into
the Inyabamba Trust Funds, by claiming that the money belonged
to a foreign partner who wished to be silent in the investment,
and transact only through my husband.
... I had to work out a plan to retrieve this money, as
I do not have the access, and the only way was for a real foreign
business person to make a claim through an attorney. The whole
arrangement is workable...
... desperate to give my children respite from the terrible ordeal...
researched through the net... cannot explain, but I got drawn
Things are different here in Africa than in the western world.
Over there, things are done in orderly manner, and well laid out.
But here, the situation is opposite. There is no order, and I hope
you will understand this.
God bless, your sister,
1. Why is your Attorney charging you $30,000.00 ?
Sent in by Wanda Nicholas 04/20/02 who feels that they are pretty
psychologically tricky when you think you about it. "First
they look for a weakness or emotion to play on such as sympathy or
2. This Attorney does not state his credentials such as Attorney
at Law and for a man charging such a large sum of money, he cannot spell
"Once the victim has realized that their weaknesses
have been played on they probably are too embarrassed
to admit they were tricked."
I am Max Crawford, the secretary of Commercial farmers Union
(CFU) OF Zimbabwe. After the last general elections in my
country where the incumbent president Mr. Robert Mugabe won
the presidential election, the government has adopted a very
aggressive land reforms programme. This programme is solely
aimed at taking the land owned by white African farmers for
redistribution to black Africans. This programme has attracted
worldwide condemnation from world leaders including British
Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair and also forced several white
farmers to flee the country for fear of victimization and
A Few weeks ago, our headquarters in Harare was attacked
and looted by black protesters and in the process burnt down
the whole building. Fortunately, they did not get access
to the huge funds kept in the strong room which belong to
the Union. This cash was kept at the secretariat rather than
in the bank for fear of seizure by the government. Now we
have the funds in our possession and would need to get it
Invested in a viable business venture in Europe. The cash
in question is US$46Million dollars.
Once I can get your commitment and sincerity of investing
this fund on our behalf then we would proceed to get the
funds freighted/transferred to Europe, where you would be
required to pick it up for investment for us. You do not
have anything to worry about as we would undertake all Charges
involved in freighting/transfering the funds to Europe, and
the business proposal is 100% legal and risk free.
You would be adequately compensated for all your effort
once we Have gotten the funds to Europe. Please get back
to me if you can be of assistance and I would want our correspondence
to be via email as most phone lines of white farmers are
bugged by the government. Please reply to the following email
addresses. William Hamilton ESQ (Chairman Board of trustees)
Colin Cloete (President) David Hasluck (Director).
He would be handling all transfer processes as I will be
busy with court proceedings and assisting our members who
have been arrested and victimized. I expect 100% confidentiality
and your prompt response to this mail so as to proceed.
Kind regards, Max Crawford.
Sent in by Robert Brinks 09/12/02 who notes that the real
secretary's name is Mac Crawford; David Hasluck does exist
and knows his name is being abused by these scam artists
and that William Hamilton Esq died in 1865.
05/04 - According to South African news reports, fraudsters
are now impersonating white Namibian farmers who are allegedly "fleeing
their farms and want to hide their money abroad".
The scam, which has been on the go for almost 20 years,
has previously not fraudulently used Namibians to try and
solicit money from businesses abroad.
But recent reports on Namibian land redistribution - and
the resultant international news coverage - seem to have
enticed fraudsters to pursue this line.