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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: "Dr Nkosazana C.D Zuma" <nkosazanacdzuma@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:07:01 +0200
Subject: Re: PAYMENT COMFIRMATION

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
PARLIAMENT STREET, CAPE TOWN
PO BOX 15, CAPE TOWN, 8000
SOUTH AFRICA
DATE:14/06/2006
 
press/messages/24.shtml
ATTN: SIR,
 
Re: PAYMENT COMFIRMATION 
I am Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, Minister Foreign Affairs
 Ministry ; my office 
monitors and controls the affairs of all banks
 and financial institutions in South Africa concerned with foreign 
contract payments. 
I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds
 moving 
within banks both on the local and international levels in
 line to foreign contracts settlement. I have before me list of 
funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as 
these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts, 
unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc.  
Your name was among the people expecting the funds to be transferred
 into their account, on this note; I wish to have a deal with you as
 regards to your unpaid funds. I have your file before me and hope
 your data's are correct and un-tampered unless u reconfirms it. As
 it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to
 the Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits,
 I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I 
received 2 days ago from the Parliament Committee on Contract 
Payments / Foreign Debts to submit the List of payment reports / 
expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others,
 I have decided to remit your contract sum following my idea that 
we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally. 
MY CONDITIONS 1. 
The sum of USD$5.5 Million only will be paid into an account I will 
provide you after you have confirmed the transfer of 
your sum into
 your account by telegraphic Transfer (T/T), confirmable in 3 
working days. 
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence 
will be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes. 3. 
There should be no third parties as most problem associated with 
your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.  
If you AGREE 
with my conditions, l advise you on what to do immediately and the 
transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your 
name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the three days
 mandate. 
I hope you don't reject this offer and have your funds transferred.
Waiting for your reply soon. 
 
Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma. 
FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER.  
The information in this message and in any attachments contains confidential 
information and is intended solely for the attention and use of the named addressee(s). Parliament
 of the Republic of South Africa. PO Box 15, Cape Town, 8000,Parliament Street, Cape Town.
South Africa.
 OUR REF.PRSA/03. Please Reply me through my Private E-mail address 
via: nkosazanacdzuma@yahoo.com 
 


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