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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 karabo mzizi <mrskarabomzizi12@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <mrskarabomzizi2007@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:14:08 +0000
Subject: FROM MRS KARABO MZIZI AND FAMILY HELP NEEDED



FROM MRS KARABO MZIZI
SOUTH AFRICA. No: 23 TUDOR AVENUE
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
TEL: +27783275545

ATTENTION: MY DEAR,

Due to my careful search for an honest, reliable and sincere business partner, I got your contact from internet and I ask if you can be trusted not to break an agreement? Still, it took me time to make up my mind to contact you and to offer you this proposal of mine of which my whole life depends on.

My name is MRS KARABO MZIZI, the wife of Late MR. ALBERT MZIZI. A Zimbabwe business Man, politician and Farmer. During the current crises against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supporters of President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all farms to his party members and his followers

My Husband is One of the most successful multi- farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabe`s ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded his farm company and burnt everything in the farm, killing him and made away with a lot of items in my husband's farm.

Before his death, my husband had deposited with a Private security company in South Africa the sum of (US$9.5 Million – Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). (The documents of which he only made me aware of)

After the death of my husband, I decided to move to Republic of South Africa where I re-located under political asylum as a refugee to seek for foreign partner overseas, I and my son " PHEKO" decided to seek for a foreign partner be it a personal or company to assist me to move this money out of the security company to his country for investment purpose.

As an asylum seeker I am not allowed to Invest or operate any Bank Account within South Africa. That is why I need this urgent help. I have agreed with my son (PHEKO) to compensate you out of the total sum for your assistance as soon as the money gets into your account.

I want truth and honest to be our watch words in this transaction for the Successful out come of it.

Please reply me as soon as possible if you are willing to work with me. Thanks and God bless you.
Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Karabo Mzizi for the Family
NB: You can contact me direct with my number TEL: +27783275545
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