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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 17:02:16 +0200
Subject: PLEASE CALL ME +27-835122070 OR URGENT REPLY




Dear Sir,

I am MR, TEMA WILLIAMS, the son of late MR.PATRICK
WILLIAMS, who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE.I
got your contact during my search for reliable&compitent
foreigner to handle a confidential financial transaction,
then I decided to write you. My late father was among the
few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by
the agent of the ruling government of President ROBERT
MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwean
opposition party. Before the death of my father, he took me
to South Africa to deposit the sum of Twelve million US
Dollars ($12m) with a security and finance company, as if
he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was
deposited as a gem/precious stone to avoid much
dumourage from the security firm. This money was earmarked
for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for the
farms and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and
Swaziland. This land problem arose when President R.
MUGABE introduced a new land Act. which wholly affects the
White rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned
the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government. This
resulted to rampant killing and mob actions. I and my
family who are currentlystaying in South Africa as refugees
or asylum seekers have decided to enter your name as
foreigner/beneficiary of the Trunck Cases containing the
Cash (USD12M) for futher transfer of the money to a foreign
country where we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma
of claiming/investing this amount of money in
South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience
in future since both countries have the same political
history. Moreover, the South African monetary policy/law
does not allow such investment hence I am seeking for an
asylum or refugee. I must let you know that this business
is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not
necessary matter. So if you are willing to assist us claim
the ownership of this money,I and my family have agreed to
give you 20% of the total money, 40% will be for a joint
business venture I will be doing with you and another 35%
will be for me and my family which we shall also invest in
your country and the remaining 5% will be mapped out for
all expenses we may incure during the transaction.
Therefor, if you are willing and interested to render the
needed assistance. Please funish me your private phone and
Fax number for easy and better communication. Remember that
this is highly confidential and the success of this
business depends on how secret it is kept.
Expecting your reply soonest.


Best Regard.

Tema Williams

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