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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: james kunta <>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 09:42:15 +0200

*From: JAMES KUNTA 02/06/08*

*Tel + 27 833 421 375 *




Dear Sir/Madam,=20


Compliment of the season!


I got your contact through a desperate and personal search on the web for =
someone I could really trust and I wish to express my interest to handle t=
his business proposal with you, as I believe that you are reliable in hand=
ling this type of international transaction. I choose to reach you through=
it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication. However,=
this correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated a=
s such.=20


*I am MR. JAMES M. KUNTA, the First Son of Late DR.JERRY E. KUNTA who was =
recently murdered in a land dispute in **ZIMBABWE**. My Late Father DR.JER=
RY E. KUNTA was among the few black Rich Zimbabwean Farmers that was murde=
red in cold blood by the agent of the ruling Government of the **President=
ROBERT MUGABE** for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwe opp=
osition Party, partly controlled by the White Minority. Before his dead, h=
e had taken me to **Johannesburg** to deposit the sum of THIRTY MILLION TW=
ND FINANCE COMPANY as if he knew the looming danger in **Zimbabwe**. The m=
oney was deposited in a box as Gemstone to avoid much demurrage from the S=
ecurity Company. The money was earmarked for the purchase of new Machinery=
and Chemicals for the establishment of new farms in LESOTHO and SWAZILAND=
. *


*This land problem arose when **President Robert Mugabe** introduced a new=
Land Reform Act, which wholly affected the White Farmers and come few Bla=
ck Farmers who vehement ally condemned the system adopted by the Governmen=
t. This resulted to rampant killing and mo b action by the war veterans an=
d some political thugs. So far, more than one hundred and fourth people ha=
ve been killed and countless numbers of farmlands Workers displaced. Heads=
of Government from the West, especially **BRITAIN** and UNITED STATES OF =
AMERICA have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe's plan. Subsequently, the=
Megabe's new Land Reform Act. *


*It is against this background that I and my family who are currently in *=
*South Africa** have decided to transfer my late Father's money into a For=
eign Bank Account. As the head of the family, I am saddled with the respon=
sibility to seek a genuine Foreign Account where this money could be trans=
ferred without the knowledge of my Government who are tactically freezing =
our family wealth and the South African Government seems to play alon g wi=
th them. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amo unt of money in=
**South Africa** for fear of encountering the same experience in future s=
ince both countries have almost the same political history. Moreso, the So=
uth African Foreign Policy does not allow such investment since I am seeki=
ng for Asylum. As a businessman whom I must entrust my future and that of =
my family, I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk-free and=
the nature of your business does not necessarily matter. *


I have two options for you, firstly you can choose to have certain percent=
age of the money for nominating your account for this transaction. Or you =
can go into partnership with us for the proper profitable investment of th=
e money in your country. Whichever way you choose, feel free to notify me;=
I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses incurre=
d in the process of this transaction.=20

If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the mon=
ey while the remaining 70% will be for my investment in your country. *Ple=
ase do send me your personal details, including your telephone an d fax nu=
mbers. You should know that this transaction is highly confidential and sh=
ould be kept within you alone. Waiting to receive your immediate response =
as soon as you get this mail: also call me on the a=
bove telephone number. *


*Yours truly, *



*For the family*



Schon geh=F6rt=3F Der neue WEB.DE MultiMessenger kann`s mit allen:=20
** [http://www.produkte.web.=

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