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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: "Mr.Lewis Mswati" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 01:10:30 +0400

Dear Sir,

You may be surprise to receive this letter from me,since you dont know
me personally,I am Lewis Mswati. The son of Dr Chiluba Mswati, Who was
murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

I got your contact as i was searching for a reliable and reputable
person to handle a very confidential business which involve a transfer
of fund to a foreign account and i decided to write you.

My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean opposition party rich
farmers murdered by the agents of the ruling Government of president
Robert mugabe,for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean
opposition party controlled by the white minority,

Before my father death,he deposited , the sum of twenty five million
united state dollars (US$25,000,000) with a security and financial
company oversea,As if he forseen the looming danger in zimbabwe. The
money was deposited in a box as valuable items to avoid over taxed and
custom clearance.

This money was allocated for the purchase of new machinery and chemical
product for Agro-allied farms and for bestablishment of new farms in
lesotho and swaziland.

This land problems arose when president Robert mugabe introduced a new
land act that wholly affected the rich white farmers and some blacks
vehemently condemned the "modus operandi"adopted by the government.

This result to rampant killings and mob action by the war veterans and
some political Thugs,precisely more than three thousand( 6,000)people
have so far been killed.Heads of government from the west, especially
Britain and united states have voice their condemnation of Mugabe's

It is against this background that my entire family who are currently
residing in Sharjar United Arabs Emirates where we are presently on
assylum, have decided to transfer my father's wealth here.

I am face with the dilemma of investing this money in U.A.E for fear of
encountering the same experience in the future.

Moreso,the south African foreign exchange policy does not allow such
investment,Hence i am seeking for(political asylum) AS a business
whom i entrusted my future and that of my family into his hands, i must
let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of
your business does not necessarily matter.

For your assistance we are offering you 20% of the sum ,70% for me and
my family,while 10% will be mapped out for any expenses that we may
incurre during this transaction.We wish to invest our money on
properties based on your advice.

Finally, i will demand for assurance that you will not sit on the money
when it gets to your personally account or company account in your
country. am waiting for your urgent response.

Lewis Mswati

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