Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/20/tom_jones_419/

Tom Jones and Monty Python join 419ers

Lads from Lagos in recruitment blinder

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 20th April 2006 11:51 GMT

We all know that, as the song goes, "It's not unusual to be loved by anyone", but what is unusual is that gusset-moistening Home Counties fave Tom Jones should apparently choose to do business with the Lads from Lagos, in the process enlisting the help of one of the Monty Python team:

Subject: Your Urgent Attention Needed From Tom Jones in U.K

Dear Friend,

In appreciation of your esteemed contact received through the internet and the choice of your country. I wish to introduce myself. My name is Tom Jones, the son of Mr. Terry Jones of Zimbabwe. During the current crisis against the farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers. You can view website to see the kind of brutal and wicked government we have in Zimbabwe:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2000/0418/zimbabwe.html

My Father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that he did not support the President political ideology, the president supporters invaded my father's farm and burnt down everything, killed him and confiscated all his investments. Before this unpleasant incident, my father and Barr.Kelvin,our family lawyer, had already visited Holland in Europe, to deposit the sum of thirteen Million,five hundred thousand US Dollars (US$13.5million) in a a safe security company vault in Holland, and also he deposited the sum of Fifteen million U.S Dollars ($15,000,000.00) in a safe financial institution in London...

After the bloody incident, we all had to escape to London for the safety of our lives. Where we have been living since then as political refugee. I am seeking for a reliable foreigner who can assist us in moving this funds out for safe profitable investment in your country...

<cut>

Your help will be appreciated with 30% of the total fund, And 70% will be for my family. We will be happy if you will be able to invest our share in your country,under your supervision. I would appreciate confidentiality and honesty in our correspondence.

Your immediate response will be highly welcome, I hope to hear from you soon.

Pls kindly contact me on Email Privately: tomjones_213@sify.com

May God bless you and your family.
Tom Jones
For the family.

Lovely. Readers are invited to supply the appropriate Monty Python quote for this entertaining version of the "Zimbabwean farmer tale of woe" 419 email. Please forward all suggestions to Tom Jones on the above email addy. ®