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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "clement zuma" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 03:49:29 +0200

Web Site:
Attn: Sir / Madam
You will be surprise to receive this letter since you don't know me
personally, but do treat this request as a call from somebody in need of
your kind assistance, but for the purpose of introduction. I am Mr CLEMENT
ZUMA DONOGHUE the son of Mr.Fin o'Donoghue, the DIRECTOR of VUKA FARMERS
ASSOCIATIONIN ZIMBABWE. My family and I came to South Africa on the Morning
of 26th July 2000.When we woke up on 25the morning with our family only to
find that squatters had barricaded us inside our home in Vuka Estate. I was
confused, so my father asked what the matter was, they said that they are
here to wipe away our family as Mugabe has commanded them to do so my father
pleaded with them but they refused, before we know what was happening they
started forming up in ranks.
It looked like some military manoeuvre was beginning, and when my father
asked them what he have done to deserve such thing, they said that he
is defending thefarmers in my area so therefore he and the Family should be
Put to death .I managed to escape with my mother and the rest of my family
to South Africa where we are residing right now as Refugees.
But before all the problem started in Zimbabwe my father foresaw everything
so lodged with a security company in South Africa the amount of
(US$15million)fifteen million United States Dollar, which he has in all his
accounts,Which he have planed to use for a new farm in Chinhoyi,northwest of
Harare, with the help of his friend, Dr.L.L Tsumba who is the Governor of
Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe(RBZ) before the crisis, As a family treasure. He
did this so that South African Government will not have the idea of the
existence intheRepublic of SouthAfrica, For all he know as the director of
the Vuka farmers who has beenfighting for justice to Prevail, the South
Africa Government is in support of Zimbabwe Government so I will not invest
In South Africa toavoid what happenedbefore to happen again and also the Law
of asylum does not permit asylum seekers to have any Bank account so I am in
great difficulty on how to invest out of South Africa .
So I met a lawyer here who is my father's friend from Zimbabwe who told me
to contact a foreign partner who will provide me with his or her account or
a company that will stand as the bonafide beneficiary of this Money to get
it transferred out of South Africa for onward investment just to survive my
We can't continue to suffer just trying to Defend Humanity. So I got your
contact Through South African Trade Centre and decided to contact you
for this,if you are Willing to help me with this please indicate so that I
will give you more information on how to get this done.
For more information you can go to this web site to find all I am telling
you and also to make you feel relaxed as you proceed with me in this
There you will see other cases of White Farmers in
Zimbabwe and also the Present situation of things. Many have been killed and
many escaped the killing to other places where they are seeking refugee, The
News is everywhere in CNN, BBC and other local Broadcasting co-operation.
Even on January 14: 2002 I read that, 21 farmers were arrested and jailed
for two weeks.Three others were later arrested and charged with the same
crime, bringing the total to 24. I only put this Site below incase you have
not heard so that you can read every other story yourself.
Go to this web site: first before replying my mail so
thatYou don’t get confused on the site go to LAND INVASIONS then on the
You will see all otherthings foryourself. I will tell you more as soon as I
get your positive response please fell free to Carry on with me as
every arrangements has been made over here with the help of my lawyer to get
this money transferred.
My direct mobile number is +27-
838607531 Thanks and God bless you.

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