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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:

From: Mrs Sarami <sarami2002@z6.com>
Reply-To: MNZIKE_ROSE@luxmail.com
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 22:35:05 +0200
Subject: STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL


Dear One
URGENT BUSINESS
Don't be surprised to receive this letter from me since you don't know
me in person. For the purpose of introduction I am Mrs. Rose M Mnzike
from Zimbabwe the wife of Mr.John Mnzike who was murdered in the land
dispute in Zimbabwe by the agents of the ruling government of President
ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for the opposition
MDC PARTY led by the minority white famers.
My husband was among the few black Zimbawean rich famers murdered in
cold blood by the war vetrans backed by the government. Before the death
of my husband, he went South Africa to deposit the sum of US$20.5M (Twenty
Million Five hundred thousand United State Dollars) With one of the
security company in South Africa, as if he knew the looming danger in
ZIMBABWE. The money was deposited as a gem and precious stone to avoid
much demurrage from the security firm. The 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 Robert 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 rampart killing and Mob actions. My Son and I are
staying in London England as an Asylum seeker, I have decided to transfer
this money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am faced with
the dilemma of investing this amount of money in London England for fear
of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have
the same political policy/law does not allow investment hence I am
seeking for an asylum or refugees.
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 , I and my family have agreed to give you 25% of the total
money,70% will be for me and my family, the remaining 5% will be mapped
out for all expenses, we might incur during the transaction .
Therefore if you are willing and interested to render the needed
assistance, endeavor to reply through my mail .I also need your private
telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Remember that this is
highly confidential and success of this business depends on how secret
it is kept.
Expecting your reply soonest.
Best regards,
MRS.Rose M MNZIKE(FOR THE FAMILY).
N/B.PLEASE I WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN SEND YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE,MOBILE AND FAX NUMBER TO INDICATE YOUR INTRESTING IN THIS TRANSACTION AND I AM ALSO APPOLOGIES FOR BRINGING TO YOU THIS MASSEGE THROUGH MAIL DUE TO OUR REFUGE STATUS HERE.
PLEASE YOU CAN READ ABOUT PROBLEMS IN ZIMBABWE FROM THE LINKS BELOW.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/918781.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/715001.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1063785.stm

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