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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: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 06:11:01 +0200


Dear Sir/Madam,

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally; the purpose of my introduction is that, I am the first son of William Ndlovu, who was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

I was furnished your information from the International Business/Trade Journals at the Johannesburg Trade Center here in South Africa and in support with the South African Chamber of Commerce here in Johannesburg hence l decided to write you.

Before the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$25.5M (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in one of the Private Security Company, as if he foresaw the looming danger in my country, Zimbabwe.

This money was deposited in a box as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from Security Company.

My father planned to use this amount to purchase new machines and chemicals for the establishments of new farms in Swaziland.

This land problem came when Zimbabwe's President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduce a new Land Act reform which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few blacks farmers and this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwe's war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for which my father was one of the victim.

It is against this background that, I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa decided to transfer my father's money to foreign account since the law of South Africa prohibit a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zone of South Africa. As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred into without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything my left behind.

You can also find more about this on this link below;

The South African government seems to be playing along with them. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of going through the same experience in future since both countries have similar political history. Moreover, the South African Foreign Exchange policy d does not allow such investment as an asylum seeker. As a business person who I have to entrust my future and of my family in his/her hands, I must let you know that this transaction is Risk-Free.

If you accept to assist me and my family, all I want you to do for me is to make arrangements and come to Johannesburg South Africa, so that you can open a Non-Resident Account with any of the commercial banks which will aid us in transferring the money into any account you will nominate overseas. This money I and my family intend to use for lucrative investments pending on your advice.

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 option you want, feel free to notify us as we have planed as follows: Mapped out 5% of this money for any expenses incurred in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership, we are willing to give you 25% of the m money while the remaining 70% will be for me and my family investments in your country.

Contact me with the below telephone numbers or email address for further discussion while I implore you to maintain the absolute secrecy required in this transaction

Yours Faithfully,
William Ndlovu Jr. (For the family).
Tel: +27 72 488 2310.

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