It seems the 419 Scammers are trying a few twists to keep reeling in the suckers. I just got one that followed the "Son of a wealthy man" theme, but instead of being a Nigerian banker or politician, it's a Farmer.
Yes, that's right, I just got an e-mail form someone claiming to be the son of a murdered farmer from Zimbabwe, looking to move $18 million out of a South African Bank.
From: "evan zuma"
To: email@example.com Subject: very urgent and important Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2006 08:30:53 +0000
During the current war against the farmers i Zimbabwe from the supports of our
President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party
members and his followers, he ordered all the white-owned farmers to
surrender all their farms to his party members and his followers.
My father was one of the best farmers in our country and because he did
support his idea, supporters invaded my father’s farm and burnt
in the farm, killing my father and made away with a lot of items in my
father’s farm. After the death of my father, my mother and I and my
sister decided to move out from Zimbabwe because our lives were in
with the money my father kept in his hidden safe in my mother’s house.
amount contained in the safe is US$18.500m (Eighteen million and Five
Hundred Thousand, US dollars)and we decided to move to the Republic of
Africa where we deposited the money in a Security Company as valuables.
So, I decided to contact overseas Firm that will assist me to move this
money out of South Africa, because we are asylum seekers here in South
Africa which disqualifies from operating an account or getting involved
any financial transaction here in South Africa.
Naturally, I sent a wise ass response:
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 07:59:52 -0700 (PDT)
Pardon me, but where the Hell does a FARMER come up with $18 Million????
Unless of course he was raising something illegal, or was in fact a land baron oppressing his workers, in which case it's a good thing that the land was taken from him and turned over to the people who were actually working it.
You're either running a scam of some kind, or your Father deserved his death and you have no right to the blood money he accumulated on the suffering of others.