Moronic Email Scam — Ned Martin’s Amused
From: Abel Mulete
Sent: Sunday, 11 January 2004 1:45 AM
To: Ned Martin
Subject: Treat as urgent(Please Read)
Naturally this mail will come to you as a surprise, but if I may crave your indulgence, I am ABEL MULETE, the first son of DODI MULETE, the most popular black farmer in Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute in my country. I appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my mail and I guarantee you will not have wasted your time.
Before the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US12.5 Million (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars) in one of the private security companies, as he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was deposited in a box as gem 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 new farms in Swaziland. This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr Robert Mugabe introduced a new Land Act Reform which 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 injured and some killed because of this Land reform Act for which my father was one of the victims. It is against this background that, I and my family fled Zimbabwe for fear of our lives and are currently staying in a European country where we are seeking political asylum and moreso have decided to transfer my father’s money to a more reliable foreign account since the European Union (EU) Law prohibits a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zone of European Union.
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 without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything we have got. The South African government seems to be playing along with the Zimbabwean government. I am faced with the dilemma of moving this amount of money out of South Africa for fear of going through the same experience in future, both countries have similar political history.
I am seeking for a partner who I have to entrust my future and that of my family in his hands and must let you know that this transaction is risk free. If you accept to assist me and my family, all I want you to do for me, is to make arrangements with the security company to clear the consignment (funds) from their affiliate office in the Netherlands. I have already given directives for the consignment to be brought to the Netherlands from South Africa.
I have two options for you. Firstly, you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for your assistance in this transaction. Or you can go into partnership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country. Whichever option you want, feel free to notify me. I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses that will be incurred in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 20% of the money while the remaining 75% will be for my investment in your country. If you are interested and willing to assist me you are at liberty to contact me via my private e-mail. I implore you to maintain absolute secrecy and confidentiality in this transaction.
From: Chief Vincent Ukpo
Sent: Monday, 9 February 2004 3:35 AM
To: Ned Martin
Subject: RELATIONSHIP REQUIRED.
From: Chief Vincent
Ukpo Fax: 234 1 4401166
Dear Sir, First I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and “top secret”. We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel who are interested in importation of goods into our country with funds that are presently trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this business, we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your account the said-trapped funds. The source of the fund is as follows: During the regime of the last Military transitional government of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over invoiced in various ministries. The present democratic government of President Olusegun Obasanjo set up the Contract Review Panel and we have identified a lot of inflated contract funds that are presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria ready for payment. However, by virtue of our positions as civil servants and members of this panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names.
My colleagues in the panel have therefore delegated me as a matter of trust, to look for an overseas partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of US$21,320,000.00 (Twenty-one Million, Three Hundred and Twenty thousand United States Dollars) which we hope to use in purchasing Agro Allied Equipment, and also to enable us to own properties and invest in the stable economy of your country. Hence, we are sending you this email message. We have agreed to share the money thus: 1. 20% for the account owner (you) 2. 70% for us (the officials of the CRP) 3. 10% to be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign expenses. Please acknowledge receipt of this message for proper briefing on the safe modality for the execution of this project.
I await your eager response.
From: Chief Vincent Ukpo
Please Quote this Reference number (VU/02/04) in your response.