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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:

Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 18:14:19 +0200

From: Mr.Brown Kekana,
Country: South Africa.
Tel: +27 73 957 3873

My Dear,

I am certain you will be surprised to receive this mail from me;
indeed, I sincerely apologize for the embarrassment this might cause you.
However, I wish to state, that it is sincerely necessitated by my present plight
and I pray you will readily be of tremendous assistance.

I am Mr. Brown kekana, the son of Jacob Kekana, a farmer in
Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute in my country.
I got your contact through the chambers of commerce hence decided to
write you.

Before the death of my father he had taken me to Johannesburg
South Africa to deposit the sum of $14,000,000.00 (Fourteen Million
United States dollars), in a security company, as he foresaw the
looming danger in Zimbabwe.

This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals
for the Farms and establishment of new farms in Namibia.

This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe
introduced a new Land Act Reform wholly affecting the rich white
farmers and some few black farmers, and this resulted to the killing
and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society.

In fact a lot of people were killed because of this Land reform Act for
which my husband was one of the victims. It is against this background
that, my family and I fled Zimbabwe for fear of our lives and currently
staying in Johannesburg, South Africa where we are seeking political asylum and
mores have decided to transfer my husband money to a more reliable foreign
account. Since the law of South Africa prohibits a refugee (asylum
seeker) to open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction
throughout its the territory.

I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine partner that
could assist me without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking
everything we have got. I am faced with the dilemma of moving this
amount of money out of South Africa for fear of going through the same experience
in future, both countries have similar political history.

I am seeking for a partner who I have to entrust my future and that of
my family in his hands, I must let you know that this transaction is risk
free. If you accept to assist my family, all I want you to do for me
is to make arrangements and travel down to Johannesburg,South Africa and
transfer this money to your account in your country and make arrangement for us
to come over to your country.

Furthermore, this money I intend to use for investment. I have two
options for you.

Firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the money
for nominating your account for this transaction Or you can go into partnership
with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country Whichever
the option you want, feel free to notify me.

I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of
expenses incurred in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer
partnership, I am willing to give you 20% of the money while the
remaining 75% will be for my investment in your country.

Contact me with this email address or telephone number above, while I
implore you to maintain the absolute secrecy required in this

Thanks and God bless you.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Brown kekana,
(For Kekana family)

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