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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "david zuma" <mrzumadavidmarshall03@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 16:05:30 +0200
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED


FROM :MR DAVID ZUMA Marshall
EMAIL: mrzumadavidmarshall01@webmail.co.za
Altanative:mrzumadavidmarshall@webmail.co.za<Altanative%3Amrzumadavidmarshall@webmail.co.za>
TEL:+ 27 -78 115 1832
Sir/Madam,
For the last 17 years we White/miss race farmers in Zimbabwe tried to go on
about our
business of running ourFarms and hoping that the promises of the Black
government to respect our Rights could be trusted. Instead, our hopes have
been
dashed.President Robert Mugabe has designated approximately half of all the
Farmland in Zimbabwe owned by White farmers for seizure by his government
without compensation. Our farms are divided up and given to former Members
of
his terrorist army in return for there continued political Support. We
Whites,
of course, are quite distressed by this.Most of us have lived in Zimbabwe
all
our lives, and Everything we had is in these farms. We are financially
ruined by
Mugabe's planned "ethnic cleansing" of whites farmland and we have
nowhere to go. Our laments have been largely ignored by the rest of the
World.
I am mr David Zuma Marshall, the son of the late Stephen D.Marshall, of the
Commercial, The Government claims that the policy seeks to redress past
colonial
Injustices by redistributing land to poor black farmers. The process has
become
increasingly politicized as President Mugabe's supporters have used violence
against white farmers workers, resulting in ten white Farmers being
murdered. In
reality much of the seized land have been Allocated to politicians and
supporters of Mugabe's re-election campaign.
After the last general elections in my country when the incumbent President
Mr.
Robert Mugabe won the presidential election, the government has adopted a
very
aggressive land reform programmed. This programmed is Solely aimed at taking
the
land owned by white African farmers for Redistribution to black farmers.
This
programmed has attracted worldwide Condemnation including world leaders.
This has also forced several white farmers to flee the country for fear of
victimization and Physical abuse.
Few months ago, our headquarters in Harare was attacked and looted by Black
protesters and in the process burnt down the whole building which resulted
in
the killing of my father and mother by mob action of Zimbabwean war
Veterans.
Few weeks before the death of my father, he had successfully transferred
the
sum of Ten Million United States Dollars US$10,000,000) to a Finance Firm in
overseas and he did mentioned on his WILL that all his estate to be given
to
me , as he foresaw the Looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money in question
was
transferred and it is confirm in the account of the Finance firm for
investment
purpose.
The proposed amount was meant for the purchase of new machineries and
Chemicals
for proposed new farms in Zimbabwe. This funds was wired to the Finance Firm
for
the fear of seizure by the Government, as President Mugabe has declared that
the
seizure policy will Be accelerated. He has introduced the Land Reform Act of
which my father, and many rich White farmers were killed and many affected.
It is against this background and with the present directive giving to us
white
farmers to leave the country that I Have decided to
contact you for assistance; I need to get the funds (US$10,000.000.00) out
Of
the finance firm here in South Africa and would need it invested in a
viable
business Venture in
your country with your assistance. Once we can get your Commitment and
sincerity
of helping me in claiming the said funds From the finance Firm in South
Africa
and investing
this funds on my behalf then i Would proceed to forward to you copies of the

WILL and a Letter of Authority that will empower you to claim this funds on
my
behalf.
However, you would then need to assist me in opening a non-resident
Account,
which will aid us in transferring the money into any account you will
nominate.
South African law prohibits a refugee (asylum seeker) from Opening an
account or
be involved in any financial transaction. Please we Would need to get this
done
without the knowledge of the Agents of Zimbabwean Government which is bent
on
confiscating everything that a Zimbabwean White Farmer or miss parent has
work for.
As a the only of my parent from a miss race, I intend to entrust my future
on these
funds. Please, if you are ready to assist me, I will forward you the an
urgent
message to the Finance as that you are Trustee to the funds and could go
into
partnership for a viable and profitable investment in your Country.
Please get back to me if you can be of assistance through this contacts
above.
Do please send me all your details:
TEL/FAX NO.......................................
CEL NUMBER.......................................
NAME IN FULL.....................................
COUNTRY..........................................
OCCUPATION/POSITION..............................
BANK ACCOUNT NO..................................
AGE..............................................
ID OR PASSPORT COPY..............................
I expect your confidentiality and your prompt response to this mail so as
to
proceed.
Regards and God Bless.
MR DAVID ZUMA Marshall

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