Susan Sus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Mrs. Susan Shabangu.
Greetings to you,
I humbly offer my friendship, and I hope this mail meets you in good time. However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not met personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and the immense benefit it will be to you.
After careful consideration with my children, we resolved to contact you for your most needed assistance in this manner. I duly apologize for infringing on your privacy, if this contact is not acceptable to you, as I make this proposal to you as a person of integrity.
First and foremost I wish to introduce myself properly to you. My name is Mrs. Susan Shabangu, mother of three and the Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy of The Republic of South Africa for seven years running You may view my profile on the following link; http://www.gov.za/profiles/shabangu.htm
I will now give you a general overview of the situation.
When I was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy in 1996, with my influence, my husband Mr. Ndelebe Shabangu a very successful businessman was awarded several contracts in my ministry and had direct dealings with foreign investors in this field. Due to my political status, I was not involved in my husbandŐs business which was very vast and successful. My beloved husband died whilst on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in February 2001.
When my husband died, I was contacted as next of kin by a private security firm in Europe to come forth with the Certificate of Deposit and claim a safety deposit my husband has in their Vault in his name. At that time, my children and I did not have an idea where the Certificate might be. We then instructed the security firm to continue holding the safety deposit until further instructions from me. Whilst preparing for the second remembrance of my beloved husband, I was going through his library collection and to my astonishment I discovered a Certificate of Deposit for the safety deposit with this private security firm, and other documents relating to the safety deposit in a book. The safety deposit which is a trunk, is stocked with hard currency (US Dollars) totalling $18,500,000 which was generated from cash payments from his business associates in the diamond trade from Antwerp, Belgium.
Though I knew my late husband was in the diamond business, I did not have the knowledge that he moved funds in cash. This has came as a shock to me and my children, and we have decided to have this fund invested immediately, as any member of my family cannot hold such a huge amount in our name due to my political status, hence we sincerely propose to you to render us your most needed assistance in this regard.
If you accept to render us your assistance, your role in this project will be to act on my behalf as a trustee to receive the funds in your Country for immediate investments commercial and residential properties abroad as well as profitable ventures. Though I believe this transaction should be based on mutuality, my familyŐs interest will be protected by a family associate, who is an lawyer attached to the South African Embassy in the country where the security firm is located. He is now aware of the safety deposit, and will assist in making arrangements for release of the safety deposit, and transfer of the funds. I have informed him that I am locating one of my husbandŐs business associates (you) to handle the funds and invest on our behalf, as he might be opposed to my decision to have you as a business partner if he found out that I barely know you.
For your reliable assistance, we are offering you 15 %($2,775,000) of the funds.
I thank you in advance as we anticipate your assistance in enabling us achieve this goal. On hearing from you, I will forward your contact to the gentleman lawyer who will be representing us, and also give you his contact for both of you to communicate and proceed with the transaction. He will be working with you for a mutual conclusion of the process and I look forward to a long lasting business relationship with you. As you may understand, due to my sensitive position in the present government, it is not safe to communicate with me via phone or fax. This is why I have communicated with you with my private email address, and I like us to keep this way, for the safety of this transaction.
Please contact me on my private email address; email@example.com whether or not you are interested in assisting us. This will enable us make alternative plans, in the event of non-interest on your part.
With warm regards,
Mrs. S. Shabangu.
ARE YOU CERTAIN THIS NOTE IS FOR ME??? I UNDERSTAND THAT MY KINDLY PHILANTHROPIC REPUTATION PRECEEDS ME BUT I AM NOT AWARE OF ANYONE IN THE THIRD WORLD_HOWEVER YOU MAY SEND ME FURTHER DETAILS_AT ONCE PLEASE
This correspondence is being sent to acknowledge the receipt of yours. We look forward to this project being a very good foundation for a long lasting business and social relationship between us and you and that it will blossom prosperously for all of us concerned. On our part, we are dedicated to the prompt and successful completion of the project through the mapped out procedures and we hope that you will be inclined in the same direction.
Your role will be that of a Trustee/Administrator of the funds that will be transferred to you after due processes. You will be required to stand as the receiver/beneficiary of the funds carefully packed in a trunk box, and deposited in a security house in Europe, in the custody of a diplomatic courier agency.
I would need your assistance because as I would not be able to handle that kind of business, and considering my present status in my country, as regards my ministrial post. What we want of you is to travel to Europe to claim the consignment and keep it for us till we are able to travel to meet you. You will now advice us or tell us where or how to invest the funds preferable your specialty.
There are no risks involved in this transaction, as no one knows the true contents of the box.My husband declared the box as containing family valuables, and this was why it was registered diplomatically, so no one would search or check the consignment. The only people who knew the true contents of the box are you, my attorney and I To initiate this business and subsequent transfer of funds to you, the following information will be needed from you.
1. Your full names and mailing address, not P.O.Box.
2. Your contact telephone and fax numbers.
3. A copy of your ID. Be it international passport or drivers license.
4. Date of Birth.
The above will be used to effect the needed changes by my lawyer with respect to you being certified as the beneficiary/receiver of funds.
This will be achieved by:
1. Obtaining a Power of Attorney establishing the fact that you've known and certified ok to represent me and has been empowered collect the consignment on my behalf
2. A letter of Authority will be issued to the effect that you have the full responsibility and authorisation to act in the interest and on behalf of Mrs.Susan Shabangu and family which a copy will be given to the security company for their records.
I would appreciate if you could send the above requested information so that I can instruct my lawyer to prepare a power of attorney in your favor. This will give you the full legal right to this consignment, as soon as I get all these information, My lawyer will send the documents to you for your perusal.
With diligence and speed, this business will be completed soon as desired. If you have any questions about this business do please free to ask as we are very much obliged to be at your service.
Your reply is awaited.
Mrs S. Shabangu.
Date: 27 Sep 2004, 09:21:33 AM
THIS IS ALL VERY WELL AND YOU HAVE MY INTEREST BUT AS YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE I HAVE MANY CASES OF PEOPLE CALLING UPON MY SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR ASSISTANCE_IF YOU HAVE ANY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THESE FRANKLY RATHER OUTLANDISH CLAIMS THEN I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM_QUICKLY PLEASE AS I AM DUE AT ANNIE'S BAR LATER
Dear Stroganov,I quite appreciate your carefulness and that's reallyproved to me that you could be trusted. I do not havemuch to prove the authenticity of my claim but I havethe deposit certificate, which I found from my latehusband's personal locker later when the securitycompany demanded that I come forward for claims. Theentire relevant document shall be handed over to youand copy will also be sent to the security company fornotification and record purposes. My lawyer shall take care of the documents after youmust have done into a binding agreement with us. Inthat case sir, I will expect to have the information Irequired to enable my lawyer draft an Agreement andalso to raise a power of Attorney, which shall empoweryou to lay claims on my behalf. Once I hear from youwith the information, he shall take over with the restinformation.Yours truly,Mrs. S. ShabanguN-B. Further mails should be forwarded to this box.
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 16:58:22 +0100 (BST)
VERY WELL THEN_IF THIS IS THE WAY IT HAS TO BE THENTHAT IS FINE_TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO DO PLEASE
PS DO YOU LIKE FOOTBALL??? ROMAN ABRAMOVICH IS APERSONAL FRIEND OF MINE_FOOTBALL IS IMPORTANT TO MEAND I LIKE TO DISCUSS IT DURING MY BUSINESS DEALINGS---
Dear Stroganov, Glad to hear from you so soon. No ,I don't like football. In my second mail to you, I demanded for the following information to enable my lawyer swing into full action: 1. Your full names and mailing address, not P.O.Box.2. Your contact telephone and fax numbers.3. A copy of your ID. Be it international passport or drivers license.4. Date of Birth. These shall be used for the preparation of the Agreement, Power of Attorney and the entire document that shall give support. You can forward the information to him on firstname.lastname@example.org . His name is Barry Smith. Hope to hear from you.
Yours truly,Mrs. S. Shabangu---
Date: 28 Sep 2004, 02:36:38 PM
THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE FOOTBALL IS A SHAME AS IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY HERE IN MOSCOW_ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE PREMIERSHIP???
HERE ARE THE DETAILS YOU REQUESTED:
FULL NAME: MIKHAIL ILICHY STROGANOV
PRIVATE ADDRESS: 419 ZKAMSKI BOULVARD, KUZTARDZ,
PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS I HAVE SUBSTANTIAL FUNDS TO INVEST AND NEED TO GET THE MODALITIES SORTED OUT_HOW LONG DO YOU ENVISAGE THIS TAKING???
Enter the "attorney":
Attn: Mr. STROGANOV,
A warm greeting from Smith Attorneys. I would wish to formally introduce my self. My Name is Barrister Barry Dapo Smith of Smith Attorneys. Corporate attorneys and Notary public.
I have seen your mail and have also been told by my client Madam Susan Shabangu about your contact and will be pleased to work with you to achieve this once in a life time opportunity. We shall commence the process of the money transfer by going into a written and signed agreement that will define our roles and the wages to be expected at the end of this transaction. It will straighten the transaction the more.
The information you supplied is incomplete as you do not include your telephone and fax number for easy communication. Do send the number while I work on the agreement.
Date: 29 Sep 2004, 01:19:25 AM
THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOTE_ALL SEEMS QUITE STRAIGHTFORWARD BUT FOR TWO MATTERS_FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO USE MY ATTORNEY WHO COVERS ALL OF MY BUSINESS IN AFRICA_HIS NAME IS JONATHAN MOKOENA AND HE HAS OFFICES ALL OVER THE CONTINENT_SECONDLY MRS SHABANGU SEEMED TO TAKE MY INSISTENCE ON MY BUSINESS PARTNERS LIKING FOOTBALL FAR TOO LIGHTLY_I SUGGEST YOU LOOK INTO THE CULTURLA BACKGROUND OF WHOM YOU ARE DOING BUSINESS WITH_WE RUSSIANS ADORE FOOTBALL AND WE CONSIDER DISCUSSING IT AT ALL LEVELS A VITAL FACTOR IN OILING THE WHEELS OF COMMERCE_THEREFORE I TAKE IT YOU ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL GAME AS WELL??? I WILL PASS ON MY PHONE NUMBERS WITH PLEASURE AT THE RIGHT JUNCTURE BUT AS I HAVE YET TO SEE PRECIOUS LITTLE HARD EVIDENCE OF MRS SHABANGU'S CLAIMS YOU CAN UNDERSTAND ME BEING RATHER WARY_PLEASE FORWARD THIS EVIDENCE TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
[For background on Mr. Mokoena, see HRH FACES THE SCAMMISH ARMADA]
more to come?