As a active participant in human rights watch groups, and a close follower of recent events in Zimbabwe, I am very happy to help you through this difficult time. My family, too, has rightful claims on farms within that country, and have faced similar pressures. Luckily, we have been able to diversify our land holdings within Africa, as well as in parts of South America and Australia. The amount you indicate is sizeable, and I feel that a partnership would be mutually beneficial.
As I am certain you are aware, the normal course of action in such cases is that a small token of good will–say $25,000–is exchanged in order to cement the business relationship. I will be in Amsterdam from February 18-21, perhaps we could arrange a brief meeting? I will have my attorney draw up the appropriate forms and contracts, and I have a banker with whom I have worked successfully in Holland on similar, “sticky” situations.
Thanks very much for contacting me. I look forward to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Halavais Agricultural and Pharmaceutical Import and Exports, Ll.C.
New York, London, Bogotá, Amsterdam, Bangkok
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Lauren Ntobo [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 10:07 AM
> Subject: Urgent Business Assistance
> Lauren Ntobo
> BUSINESS PROPOSAL
> You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do
> not know me personally. Firstly I will like to introduse myself,
> I am Lauren Ntobo, the first son of James Ntobo , one of the most
> popular black farmers in Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in
> the land dispute in my country. 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
> US4.5 million (Four million, Five Hundred thousand United States
> dollars), in one of the private security company, as he foresaw
> the looming danger in Zimbabwe this money was deposited in a box
> as family valuables to avoid much demurrage from 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 wholly affecting the rich
> white farmers and some few black farmers, and 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 reform Act for which my father was one of
> the victims.
> It is against this background that, my family and I fled Zimbabwe
> for fear of our lives and are currently staying in the
> Netherlands where we are seeking political asylum and more so
> have decided to transfer my father’s money to a more reliable
> foreign account. Since the law of Netherlands prohibits a refugee
> (asylum seeker) to open any bank account or to be involved in any
> financial transaction throughout the
> Territorial zone of Netherlands, 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 them. 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. As a businessman, I am seeking for a partner who I have
> to entrust my future and that of my family in his hands, I 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
> an arrangements with the security company to clear the
> consignment (funds) from their affiliate office here in the
> Netherlands as i have already given directives for the
> consignment to be brought to the Netherlands from South Africa.
> But before then all modalities will have to be put in place like
> change of ownership to the consignment and more importantly this
> money I intend to use for investment.
> 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 the
> proper profitable 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
> incurred in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer
> a partnership I am willing to give you 10% of the money while the
> remaining 85% will be for my investment in your country. Contact
> me with the E-mail address while I implore you to maintain the
> absolute secrecy required in this transaction. Thanks, God bless you.
> Yours Faithfully,
> Lauren Ntobo.