It's a big one...

#64 Isaac John Crescent,
Garden Avenue G.R.A,
South Africa.
PHONE: 874-763-648-313
FAX : 874-763-648-315

Private email address:(


Dear Sir,
My name is Mr Paul Mbuta,I am the operational manager in account section incharge of credit and foreign bills of one of the prime banks here in South Africa. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank who perished with his whole families on 25TH JULY,2000 CONCORDE PLANE CRASH [Flight AF4590]with the whole passengers aboard.

There is an account opened in this bank in 1998 by this great late INDUSTRIALIST who died without a written or oral WILL attatched to the account. Since his death, I personally has watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of his company.

The total amount involved is $16,000,000.00 USD [ Sixteen million United States Dollar ]. We wish to start the first transfer with
$6,000,000.00[Six million] and upon successful transaction without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the transfer of the remaining balance to your account.

I have secretly discussed this matter with the general manager of my bank who I must involve in order to have a smooth and a successful transfer of the fund to any foreign bank account which you are going to nominate. On this note, I decided to seek for a reliable foreigner who will act as the foreign beneficiary of the fund from the deceased by providing his/her bank account where the fund will be transferred for immediate investment on any viable project as no one has come up to be the next of kin.

The banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than six years without claim hence the money will be recalled to the government treasury as unclaimed after this long period of domancy.

In view of this I got your contact through my personal search to see if you can assist by providing your safe bank account for the transfer or find a reliable person who will be capable of receiving such amount in his or her personal account.At the conclusion of the transfer 65% of the fund will be for me, I will give you 20% of the total transfer sum, 10% for charity both in Africa and in your country while the remaining 5% will be set aside to settle expenses both parties might incure during the transfer process.

Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you a detailed information about the transaction.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is 100% risk and trouble free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within 7 to 9 banking days, after you apply to the bank as the beneficiary of the fund from the deceased.

When you receive this letter. Kindly send me an e-mail or you can call me or fax me. You should also include your private fax and phone numbers for easy and safe communication.
Phone: 874-763-648-313 , 874-763-648-314
Fax : 874-763-648-315

Respectfully yours
Mr Paul Mbuta.

Sixteen Million dollars ! I want a bit of this.


This sounds a very tempting offer. This is a considerable sum of money and I
want a piece of this action. Just let me know what I need to do to get in on


Do I sound greedy ? I hope so. Anyway it took a week to get a reply.

Sorry for the delay in my responses, I was away to Cape Town to attend a burial of a close associate.I would like to confirm good receipt of your email. In order to proceed in full confidence and complete trust, would you be so kind to provide me with a brief

information about you and to send me your full account

detail where you would like the fund to be transferred, it can be an EMPTY account provided it is still active and you are the only signatory to the account. I will also like you to assure me that you

will not let me down either now or in the future as I stongly hope to establish a strong long lasting business relationship with you. On this ground we can proceed in complete trust.

From here I can then, on your instructions,process thetransfer of the fund to any destination you requested.

Further more I would like you to assist us in areas ofinvestment. I would like to invest my own share of thefund on real estate or any viable project.

I would also like to stress that in this kind oftransaction one must possess the ability to start and close deal very fast. Hence you should give priority attention to this transaction. The fund for transfer is of non drug, terrorist or criminal related. As such this transaction is 100% free of risk and trouble.

The deceased, Late ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich,Germany among others perished with all the members ofhis families on 25th July,2000 CONCORDE plan clash[Flight AF4590]. For further detail visit;



Until his death he was the Manager of GOLDRIDGE INVESTMENT [pty]SA. He held this account with a prime bank were I work,FIRSTRAND BANK S.A. I work with this bank, FIRSTRAND BANK SOUTH AFRICA. My real name is KHEHLA CLEOPAS SHUBANE.I USED THE NAME IN MY FIRST LETTER AS A SECURITY MEASURE BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW YOU BEFORE,and you should address me with that name in my first letter of proposal through out our communication in this business.

You can visit our bank website for verification of my true identity @

On receipt of the above information and a strong assurance from you that my trust and confidence in you is not misplaced, I will then start to process the transfer of the fund to your account without further delay. I will forward an application for the release of the said amount on your behalf to the bank. I will also forward your ccount detail to the bank and to the Ministry of finance for foreign transfer approval in your favor. So as soon as the fund is approved for transfer to your account, you as the foreign beneficiary of the fund will be required to go to our foreign offshore payment centre clossest to you for the signing of the final fund release order.

After the signing the fund will be transferred to your account in your present while you are still in the payment office and you will call your bank to confirm receipt of the fund in your account. On confirmation of the successful transfer of the fund to your account, I will fly over with the next available flight to meet you up so that I can go back with you to your Bank for sharing and investment as I stated in my first letter of proposal.

After the proper sharing of the first $6 Million, we will be together in your country and I will have the remaining balance of $10 Million transferred to your account and we will also share the same as I stated earlier.

At moment you should not tell your bank that large amount is to be transferred into your account until after you must have signed the final fund release order form in our foreign offshore payment office in in our foreign offshore payment office because that will be the only time all the documents to back up the transfer as a legitimate fund which does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act will be ready in your name and will accompany the fund to your account so that your bank or your government will not question the transfer.

This information is highly confidential and you should keep it only to yourself .

I would like to receive in return your acceptance to proceed as suggested. Urgency is indeed needed.

Looking forward to a mutual beneficial partnership and welcome you to South Africa would be my great pleasure, Send your reply to
my private e-mail ( )It is highly very important for faster communication.

I remain

Yours faithfully,

Mr Paul Mbuta

For your reading pleasure I have sorted out the formatting in this mail which consisted of a lot of short sentences and carriage returns making it very long and difficult to read. That's OK as I didn't bother reading it properly anyway. It also shows these guys don't understand what they are sending, just regurgitating the standard texts that have been supplied with by the scam master.

The website Paul (or KHEHLA) suggests to prove his identity is undoubtedly a fake but for a change it is a really good one.


I had wondered if you were reneging on the deal before we start !

Anyway, the account has been set up in an offshore account based in the Isle of Man. You can be assured of my confidentiality in all our business dealings. I am very experienced in the transfer of funds around the world, although nothing like amounts currently proposed ! I am sure that this is only a matter scale and it simply means slightly different numbers.

What information can I provide you ?

Also, so we can form a proper trusting bond, please can you supply your name and address. A photograph of your self would also be appreciated. I will supply a copy of my image by return.

I look forward to a fruitful relationship.


Might as well get a picture of this muppet. Quite frankly if he can't be bothered to reply quickly though, I doubt I will wish to do "business" with him, I just hope that funeral was for someone very dear to him...

Thanks for your mail. I can not determined if you are for real untill you send me the required informations. However, I will send you the first page and information page of my international passport to tell you that, I am for real and never planned to hurt you and your family in anyway. I want you to cooperate with me in full trust and confidence so that we can work like twin brothers. I brought the business to you with all my heart. I am counting on you for success.

Expect my passport through my yahoomail box later today. My house address is already with you in my proposal letter. My telephone number is also there for you to reach me anytime of the day. Dail any of my number direct after your country international telephone access code starting from +87...., I will like to have your private number so that I can call you from my side. I really want to established a strong business relationship with you.

I want to know more about you. your age, married or not, present profession, private

tel number/fax etc.


What a lot of information he wants. You don't think he plans to impersonate me in the future do you ? What does it matter if I am married for this scam ?

Anyway, the passport came through. For some reason he sent me a scan of the first page. Since it has no personal detail on it I didn't bother reproducing it here. Nice photo though, not at all squashed horizontally to fit the space is it ?


Thank you for the copy of your passport. I attach the same for me to show my good faith. This is important as I know there are a lot of fraudsters out there. We must be careful.

Anyway, as you request, a few details about me:
Age - 58years
Status - Married to Maureen for 30 years
Profession - Director of my own import export firm. I will not be using the
firms account here.
Telephone - 04 3245 882291
Fax - don't use one any more, with e-mail who needs them !

I hope this satisfies you and we can proceed with the transaction.


Hmm, for some reason I can't get interested in winding this guy up but I thought I'd invent some details anyway. After all he might do something interesting. Standard passport as used in my other wind ups (the techies out there will notice that this image is aligned to the right. Just a little satire...)

I have received a copy of your passport. I really appreciate your cooperations so far. You image appear like that of Tony Blair the British prime Minister. Anyway, it is very good to see who I am entrusting my life and I hope you will never let me down either now or in future. You should send me your safe account informations of your choice where you want the fund to be deposited in your favor.

Send the account infor with full address of the bank as quick as possible so that I can start the processing of the transfer in your name without further delay. Your full personal address is also very necessary for use to secure the relevant documents from the Justice Ministry. I need your full cooperation as this is no child play.

I tried to reach you with your number but the operator is saying the number is not in use.I need to talk with you first and before I proceed on your behalf. I have to discuss the proceedure with you because I do not want a last mins mistake.

I count on you to make this transaction a success.


Well, I didn't expect that. This guy is the first to look at the photo and spot who the photo is ! He's not smart enough to realise the number is a fake though. I wonder what the operator thought when he tried to call it. Indeed, I wonder how he got to anyone at all.

However I am tired of Pauls suspicions and terrible e-mail formatting. I also have an inbox full of scams, some of which look much more interesting so I'm going to bail out of this one.


Congratulations, you are the first person to spot the fact I am sending Tony Blairs photo out. You see I know who you are.

I know that you are a con-man.

I know that there is no money.

I know your plan is to steal from me.

And I am deliberatly messing you around because I enjoy it. However I have tired of you and am going to let you go. There are a million con-men out on the web and you are quite frankly too boring for me to bother with.