Creative Control

Miscellaneous Mental Musings of an Emerging Artist

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Sent to my work email earlier today:



My name is William Stevens the eldest son of Dr. George Stevens from Zimbabwe. This letter might come as a surprise to you. I got your contact address from the Netherlands Trade/Information center here in Amsterdam. During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe, the supporters of our president Robert Mugabe claimed all the white-owned farms for his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all there farms to his party members and his followers. My father was one of the biggest farmers in our country and because he strongly oppose Mugabe‚s ideas, Mugabe‚s supporters invaded my fathers farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my father and made away with a lot of item in my fathers farm.

Before his death, my father had deposited with one Security Company in Amsterdam, The Netherlands the sum of US$28M (TWENTY EIGHTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS). This was the money he planned to use in buying new machinery and to set up a new farm in Swaziland. After the death of my father, we decided to escape to Netherlands because of continued harassments from Mugabe and his supporters.

As a family, we decided to contact a reputable/individual that will assist us to move this money into the regular banking system because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank account within The Netherlands and we do not know much about the economic environment in this part of the world. For your role in this transaction, we have agreed to offer you 25%of the total sum for your assistance, 5%will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction and 70% will be for me and my family to invest in your country.

All I want from you is to come to Amsterdam and open a non resident account where this money will be transferred into from the security company and also enable us to meet face to face and then you will move this money to your country where you will advise us on viable investment and also help us move there as permanent resident.

You can contact me on the above email. And if there is a telephone number in which i can contact you with i will be very happy to have it so that can contact you with.
Note that this transaction is 100%risk free. You should however treat this transaction with absolute confidentiality.

Thanks and God bless.

Best Regards,


For commentary on this oddball phenomenon, click here.

On a sidenote, I seem to remember reading that a scam like this once led to the shooting death of a man at a Nigerian consulate, by a man who’d been fleeced by the email and was taking it out on Nigeria.

Current music: MP3 list, Elliott Smith, “Pitseleh”

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This entry was posted on May 14, 2003 by in The Internet, Work.
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