From a Kindly Contributor in the USA

Corporate Jet Needed for Long Journey!

I thought I'd try this, but knew from the start my whole plan was too obvious. I mean, all it would take is one web search to produce millions of hits on these places and names, right? Er, right...? Well, it went on longer than I would ever have expected. It's not long but I hope you like it.

We do, we do!


RODNEY MBONU - scammer (,
BOROMIR OF GONDOR - hope of his people


Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005

Dear Friend, I am Mr. Rodney Mbonu, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am an Executive Accountant with the South Africa Department of Mining & Natural Resources. First and foremost, I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. Be informed that a member of the South Africa Export Promotion Council (SEPC) who was at the Government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave your enviable credentials/particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described Hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.

Within the Department of Mining & Natural Resources where I work as an Executive Accountant and with the cooperation of four other top officials, we have in our possession as overdue payment bills totaling Twenty - Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand U. S. Dollars ($26,500,000.) which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. More so, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction. This amount $26.5m represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T) to any foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an application through the Justice Ministry here in South Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you.

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction, your share of the sum will be 25% of the $26,.5 million, 70% for us and 5% for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. Endeavor to contact me immediately through my e-mail address, whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong Assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured and please remember to treat this matter as very confidential matter, because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service and remember once again that time is of the essence in this business.I will advise that you contact me through my direct email address thus: I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. Yours faithfully,


Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005

Dear Mr Mbonu,

I'm not sure how I received your e-mail, though I was at the Greater Lothlorien Expo '05 a few weeks ago. Perhaps we met then, I'm afraid it was so crowded I don't remember. I am searching through the business cards I collected during those hectic days to find yours.

I don't usually follow up on solicitations from strangers but your e-mail comes at an interesting time. My partners and I (we are an LLP, Limited Liability Partnership, under US law) are engaged in a venture of considerable risk. We knew there would be problems going in but the reward, if it pays off, is worth it. Without going into details which would not be appropriate now, let me just say there is considerable travel involved. The thing is I think it would help us greatly if we could charter or perhaps purchase a business jet. I have put this idea before the other partners and all agree it would help us greatly, but we simply don't have the capital to put up for this necessary transaction.

Therefore I am responding to you in hopes of learning more about the business matter you brought up.

Yrs. Sincerely,
Boromir of Gondor
Fellowship LLP


Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005

Dear Boromir Gondor,

I thank you very much for your prompt response to my mail. I want to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free and legitimate, this you will see as we proceed. You stand to benefit immensely from this. I have perfected all the relevant documents to ensure that this funds is transferred to your account without any problem. All that is required from you in this transaction is your full cooperation.

To commence this transaction, what I need to do first is to register you with the Department of Mining & Natural Resources (DMNR) This is where the contract was executed and with the Justice Ministry with out this registration, it will not be assumed that you executed a contract of $26.5Million. Twenty - Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand U. S. Dollars . But with the registration and other documentation, your file will be verified to actually see if you executed the contract. I want to assure you that there is no problem with the verification, as I have perfected all the processes to ensure that this funds is transferred to your account. So this is why it very important you have to make available your information.

After the registration by the office of the DMNR, they will forward your file to the office of Finance the Ministry (FM) who will do the verification exercise and once the FM approves your file for payment, they will issue a remittance advise to the South Africa Reserve Bank for the funds to be wire transferred to your nominated bank account, which you will forward to them.

Once your file get to the finance ministry, I want you to deal with them very business like, as I do not want them to suspect that you did not execute the contract.

Please if you are okay with this explanation, do forward to me your full information,


Upon the receipt of the above information, I will instruct my personal assistant to proceed to the office of the DMNR and Justice Ministry to commence the registration. Once your file gets to the office of the Finance Ministry, they might require you to come forward to sign the final funds release documents, if you cannot, they will require you to obtain the service of an accredited attorney to sign the documents for you. Also, the ministry will require some charges for the processing of the documents. This you do not have to worry about, as I have made 5% available for what ever expenses you incur during this transaction. As soon as the funds is transferred to your account, and I fly over to your country for the sharing and invest purpose.

I thank you very much for your willingness and anticipated assistance. Waiting to hear from you.

Dr. Mbonu Rodney.


Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005

Dear Mr. Mbonu,

All this seems in order. I can provide the following information without delay--

Boromir (of) Gondor
Home address:
1 Minas Tirith
Seventh Circle, Suite 1000
Weehawken, New Jersey 07086 (USA)

The corporate address is as follows:
Boromir (of) Gondor
c/o Fellowship, LLP
1450 Broadway
New York, New York 10018 (USA)

I must add a word of caution here--the corporate address is really a formality: all of us partners are traveling at the moment and, apparantly, for the forseeable future. Honestly it feels sometimes as though we'll never get there--the road goes ever on...and on. I really can't wait to get some money in front of the other eight fellows to surprise them with a new (or slightly used) jet!!

This is the one I have my eye on...

...I've been in contact with Jay Mesinger and he seems like a really honest guy, nothing orcish about him, I like to deal only with people who are completely trustworthy. I am sure as a professional you feel the same!

As for my ID, I am feeling a little scared of sending it over the Internet. My partners and I are what you would call old-fashioned, and I am too afraid of somehow being caught or scammed if my information just goes flying off into the world wide web. Is there a secure way I can do this? Please advise.

In conclusion, I have never been to South Africa. Are there many volcanoes there?



Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005

Dear Boromir,

This is to acknowledge the receipt your information, be informed that we have commenced registration process and will get back to you on the status of the registration process hopefully by tomorrow or Friday. You remember I told you that the registration is very important.

I want you to acknowledge your receipt of this mail. I hope to hear from you soon.

Mbonu Rodney


Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005

Dear Sir,

My partners and I are very excited because of the progress we have made in the last few days. Today the registration excercise was completed and the certificate of registration issued in your name and your file forwarded to the accounts department for verification and validation.

As I said earlier as soon as the verification and validation excecise is completed and your payment file approved from the accounts department, you payment file will be moved to the international remittance department of the paying bank for onward transfer of the contract allocation to your nominated bank account.

We are doing our best over here and I assure you, every documentation will be perfected to ensure a 100% legal sucess. Copy of the registration certificate I will forward to you as soon as your file comes out from the accounts department.

Please confirm the receipt of this mail.

My partners and I have agreed that I speak personally with you so I want you to include your telephone number when replying this mail. I will call you as soon as I receive your telephone number.


Mbonu Rodney

NB: Concerning your question there is hardly a case of Volcano in South Africa as we nomally dont experience it often. I will give you more information about this if there is later.


Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005

Dear Mr Mbonu,

Thank you for your note re: the registration. I'm pleased to hear things are moving along, as this is a tense time for me personally.

Just so you know, Fellowship LLP is basically in charge of disposing of a highly valuable antique. To this end we have an extended business trip to make, to deal with making all the arrangements. It's really wearing. I'm not a cpmplainer but business makes for some strange partners. There is one guy, Gimli something-or-other, who I think is Polish or maybe Russian. He's barely understandable. Then there is a pair of rather foolish types who I guess are Scottish. I'd always thought the Scots were sensible business people, have you found this to be true? --At any rate, these guys are not.

I cannot tell you how glad I will be to have this jet at our disposal. You are truly a lifesaver.

I have a couple of notes on the below passage you sent to me.


My partners and I have agreed that I speak personally with you so I want you to include your telephone number when replying this mail.I will call you as soon as I receive your telephone number.

1) Who exactly are your partners and what is their role in this transaction?

2) On my telephone number, the best way to reach me is by cell, but I'm afraid even that is not too good these days. I apologize. We are about to enter Moria--a horrible place, don't go there if you can avoid it at all--and there is basically NO cell coverage there. My brother Faramir has been trying me constantly, something about trouble brewing, also our father is really past his prime...anyway, he reports by e-mail that he gets an "out of service" message constantly. So anyway, if even Faramir can't reach me, I'm afraid I can't say what luck anyone else will have. Nevertheless, here is my personal cell phone number, which is New York City-based. Please guard it with the utmost discretion.

(212) 982-0933

Finally, in re-reading our correspondence, I can't seem to find the actual amount I will receive from participating in this transaction. Sorry, but can you please forward me the numbers? The corporate jet people need to know as there is some chance they will FORWARD me credit based on these receipts!

Thanks again--will communicate when I can, Moria is a real hole. Let me know what else I can do, & I'm looking forward to hearing the replies to the above questions.

Boromir G.


Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005
Subject: Info please

Dear Mr Mbonu

How are things coming?--any response to my previous inquiry?--Things are looking bad here these days and we could really use some good news, also the jet guy is bugging me. Thanks--Boromir


Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005

Dear Boromir Gondor,

How are you today? I hope all is well? Yesterday final approval was given from the accounts department and your payment file was dispatched to the paying authority for verification and remittance of your funds to your nominated bank account.

Due to the distance from America to South Africa and knowing fully well that it will not be easy for you to come over to south Africa to sign the final fund release documents immediately, we applied on your behalf that payment be effected from any South African Reserve Bank Off-Shore payment office in America or Europe.

Meanwhile the paying authority has the right to decide where you are to receive the payment of your contract allocation. All things being equal you should be hearing from the paying authority anytime from Monday.

Attached to this mail is copies of the certificate of registration and the approval notice for your record purpose.

Please confirm the receipt of this mail.


Best regards

Rodney Mbonu


Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005

Dear Mr Mbonu

Thank you for your mail. Things are going very badly for my company right now. We could really use the money. I'm hoping to speed things up between us.

The Moria trip was a complete disaster. One of our partners actually DIED on us. Our lawyer notified us we were being investigated under the Bryson Act on Litigating Real Offshore Grants and when we got the notice (called a B.A.L.R.O.G.) our senior partner just up and DIED. This is very very bad for the Fellowship but we have to press on. We're heading to Lorien to try and get some rest and decide how to proceed. Should be there in less than a week! At that time I need to have some answers for the group on this corporate jet idea.

I still need some answers, please--in my e-mail dated 8/6/05 I asked the following--

1) Who exactly are your partners and what is their role in this transaction?

2) in re-reading our correspondence, I can't seem to find the actual amount I will receive from participating in this transaction.

Also I'm concerned because (3) I didn't get the attachments you referred to here:

Attached to this mail is copies of the certificate of registration and the approval notice for your record purpose.

Please, I need answers so we can proceed, this is a tremendously stressful time for us and the money will be a HUGE help!!!

--With apologies for staying out of touch, things will be much better now that we're out of Moria. I'll be in daily touch with you, I promise--


PS We need to get results before Lorien!


Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005
Subject: Still awaiting info

Dear Mr Mbonu,

I'm still wondering about the things I mentioned in my previous posts. Is everything moving along OK over there?


PS One can never be too careful in business dealings. We had some friends who contracted to do the wall over at Helm's Deep, and they hired some cut-rate contractors. I just bet there's a breach or a gap in that thing somewhere. You just have to be careful!


Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005
Subject: No contact from you--transaction closed.

Mr. Mbonu, best of luck with your transaction. I'm unable to proceed owing to your inability to explain the few basic questions I needed answers to. As much as we could've used the funds--and would have been willing to pay the necessary administrative fees - it seems you have more important things to do than concluding any arrangement.--B.