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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: david lewisza12 <davidlewisza12@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:34:01 +0200
Subject: FOR ASSISTANCE




From: Mrs. Jennifer NtukuziHouse 3 Extension 107 LuisBotha Street SowetoSouth Africa.Tel: +27 73 4403 680Dear sir/madamplease permit me to write you irrespective of the fact we have not met before. I come in contact with your address through a good friend of my husband who works with South African chamber of commerce when I was scouting for a reliable and interested partner who I can do business with.

He suggested you as honest, trustworthy and an astitute businessman with whom one can do business with. Although I did not disclose the nature of business I intend to do with you to him due to the nature of this business.I am Mrs. Jennifer Ntukuzi wife of late Mr. Richard Ntukuzi who was murdered by the Zimbabwean veterans and irate black people I got your contact from South African chamber of commerce when I was searching for a reliable and honest person to transact this business with.I write to solicit for your special assistance to a family shattered by a tyrannical government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party-president Robert Mugabe. Because of land and farm land crisis in Zimbabwe, the government secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members to disposes the land being occupied by white farmers.This action has led to the killing of some members of opposition party including my husband who did not support this ill-fated action.But before the death of my husband he deposited the sum of USD$20M (Twenty Million Dollars) in a safe box in a private security company in Johannesburg South Africa, as a treasure box fully documented in our only son’s name (Mr. David Ntukuzi ) with the intention of using it to open fertilizer manufacturing company among other companies in our neighboring country (Swaziland) after his university education.On the 29th of July, 2001, the war veterans and some supporters of (ZANU-PF)ruling party trooped into our compound and axed my husband to death.Since then they have been terrorizing my family but I and my son managed to escape to South Africa where we are now living as a political asylum seeker (refugee) but the financial laws of South Africa do not permit us financial rights to such a huge amount of money.
In view of this, I cannot invest this fund in South Africa hence I solicit for your assistant to help us transfer the fund to your overseas account for any investment which you will advice us.I am prepared to give you 20% of the money for your assistance,10% will be for any expenses incurred in the process of this transaction, while the remaining 70% will be for our investment in your country.
Upon your immediate response, I will immediately arrange and send you all the information that will empower your smooth transaction with the security company in South Africa, I will also send to you the depositary documents of the fund.Remember to include your direct telephone and fax number in your next mail so I will call you for more confidential discussion. Please treat this transaction with absolute confidentiality.
You can as well read more about the crises in my country and about this situation on the following sites:http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/africa/08/12/violence.zimbabwe/http://www.guardian.co.uk/zimbabwe/article/0,2763,562148,00.htmlYours sincerelyMrs. Jennifer Ntukuzi
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