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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: agricolafamily@webmail.co.za
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 10:01:48 +0200
Subject: URGENT ATTENSION

MRS HELEN R. AGRICOLA.
Zimbabwe.

ATTN: THE PRESIDENT/CEO.

Happy blessed year and abundance of increase!

This may appear a bit surprising to you but very beneficial; as a
matter of urgency, I am desperately looking for a foreign partner whom i can trust to handle some investment or fund movement. I am MRS. HELEN R. AGRICOLA, wife of late MR. L .U. AGRICOLA, who was murdered by the Zimbabwean veterans and irate black people.
I am writing from Zimbabwe. I got your address through the consultancy directory during my search for a reliable and honest person to transact this business with.
I write to solicit for your special assistance to a family shattered by a tyrannical government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party- president Robert Mugabe.

Because of land and farmland crisis in Zimbabwe, the government
secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members to dispossess the land being occupied by white farmers. This action has led to the killing of some members of opposition party including my husband (MR. L.U. AGRICOLA), who did do not support this ill-fated action.

But before the death of my husband, he anticipated some dangers and so he deposited the sum of USD$15m (Fifteen million United States Dollars) in the name of our only son JONATHAN in EUROPE with the help of reputable security company in south Africa with the intention of using it to open fertilizer manufacturing company among other companies in our neighboring country (Swaziland) after his university education.

On the 29th of July 2001, the war veterans and some supporters of
(ZANU-PF) ruling party trooped into our compound and axed him (my husband) to death. Since then, they have been terrorizing my only son, JONATHAN AGRICOLA, but he managed to escape to a neighboring
country, South Africa as a political asylum seeker (refugee). His status in South Africa cannot allow him access to recover the deposited amount in Europe for any investment.

That is why I want this fund to be transferred into your private
account so that you will assist him/us to invest it in your country. Hence, if you agree to assist us, we will offer you 20% of the money for your assistance, 10% will be for the possible expenses incurred
in the process of this transaction, while 70% will be for our family investment in your country through your assistance.

I need your urgent response.

Best regards,


HELEN AGRICOLA (MRS.)
FOR THE FAMILY

Upon your immediate response, I will immediately arrange and send to you all the information's that will empower your good self in finalizing the transaction with the security company in the Europe and also disclosing the country in Europe.
I will also send to you the agreement that will protect both interests. And also further information about you is necessary for I cannot play on this.
You can as well read more about the crises in my country and about
this situation on the following. Sites.
Zimbabwe/

Waiting for your prompt and positive response..
YOU CAN CALL MY SON JONATHAN ON THIS NUMBER 27- 72 -320 -3941

THANKS.



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