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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: "NEEDS TRUST" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 11:14:03 +0100


Dear Friend,

I m Kingsley Zuma, the first son of a dismissed
Vice President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma who
currently and shamefully sacked by the order of the
President Thabo Mbeki for his involvement in corrupt
practices of taking bribes and Stealing of Government
Fund totaling $173m and unlawfully enrichment of self.

My father was dubious and henpecked. I must confess. He made his
money from mismanagement of Government fund, kickbacks
and over invoicing of contract sums awarded in various
Ministries. I always advised him to resist but he
would not listen. He took all his advice from my
who always supports all his deeds because she is fully
in charge of his affairs since the death of my mother.

I have personally discovered the sum $19m in secret
known to me alone which I want to transfer out of this
country to help buildup myself, before the Federal
Government, who is doing everything possible to
confiscate both fund and properties owned by my father
and all those that are involved in the dirty acts.

I need your assistance, which must include
accommodating of the fund in your country and also
your assistance on acquisition of residential building
in your country and investing into profitable
ventures. More so investing some percentage into any
Foundation that caters for upbringing of less
privileged children all over the world.

I want you to help me. I promised to give you 30% of the
total sum than another corrupt Government Official confiscating
the whole that will be too bad on my side since nobody would protect my
in the family. Nobody protects my interest in the
family when he was in Office as the Vice President
how much less now that he is shamefully removed and
under surveillance. Like I said earlier your
assistance is highly and urgently needed, not just on
the accommodation of fund alone, but also you advice
on investment and residential acquisition.

At the conclusion of this business, I promised to give
you very reasonable percentage for your assistance and
for maintaining of confidentiality of the issue
because the people here and the system of financial
institutions in place is the scum of the earth. I need
decent person of transparent contents of character, to
transact with. Contact me immediate through my e-mail
address for more details.

Best Regards,

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