Here it is:
FROM: MR.Mr Peter Shabangu TEL:27 83 9915 406
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA,
You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. I am Mr Peter Shabangu , the first son of Mr.GARY Shabangu, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through network online hence decided to write you. Before the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$20 Million (Twenty Million United States Dollars), in one of the private security companies, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was deposited in a box as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from the Security Company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishment of a new farm in Swaziland.
This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduced a new Land Act reform which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers.This resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society.
In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Actfor which my father was one of the victims. It is against this background that, I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa decided to transfer my fathers money to a foreign country since the law of South Africa prohibits refugees open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction througout the teritorial zones of South Africa.
As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred into without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything . All i seek for is an honest business man, whom I can entrust my future and that of my family , I must also let you know that this transaction is 100%risk free. If you accept to assist me and my family all I want from you is for you to make arrangements and come to Johannesburg South Africa, so that you can help me open a non-resident account in your name which will aid us in transferring the money into any account you will nominate overseas.
This money I intend to use for investmentand growth in your country. I have two options for you, firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction, Or you can go into partnership with me for theproperprofitable investment of the money in your country. Whichever the option you want, feel free to notify me. I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses we might incure in the process of this transaction.
If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the money while the remaining 70% will remain for me and my family.If you are realy capable and willing to assist me please contact me immediately with the above Tel,Fax or this e-mail address with which i have sent you this message.
Finally, please treat this matter as urgent as possible, i'm in dire need to leave this country soonest.
Thanks for your mutual co-operation, I expect your soonest response.
(For the Family)
Ok. There are surprisingly few errors in this email. Even the country code for the listed telephone number is South Africa. It appears to be from a hotmail.co.uk account, but that's not necessarily an error. The errors:
- My Dear
Problems with the translation software? That's a bit personal for a stranger who wants to give [take from] me a lot of money.
- germ stones
Might these germ stones in fact be the kidney stones of the escaped mice in New Jersey?
- land reformed Act
Hmmmm... must only affect land which has been altered in some way
- all kinds of expenses we might incure in the process of this transaction.
I guess some expenses might be incurable.
I'm touched.... really