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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: Dale Russell <dalerussell_11@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: dalerussell_dale@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 05:17:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: PLEASE CAN I TRUST YOU ?









Dear Sir/Madam,
=A0
First I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction and I pr=
ay that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval consideri=
ng the facts we have not known each other before.I know you will be surpris=
ed to receive this proposal. Actually I got your contact address from a sea=
rch engine here in Malaysia when I was making an intensive research for my =
investment in your country then I decided to contact you directly.
First I must introduce myself, My name is Dale Russell, the only daughter o=
f Mr William Amos Russell of Zimbabwe . During the crisis of land invasions=
and seizures of white owned farms in Zimbabwe by the supporters of the Pre=
sident RobertMugabe,all the white farmers who did not support the ruling Za=
nu Pf party were ordered to surrender their farms to his party members and =
thera followers.
=A0
My father was one of the leading farmers in the country and also a major fi=
nancier/sponsor of the opposition party [Movement for Democratic Change MDC=
.. Just before the invasions my father was advised by his own sources that f=
arm invasions were imminent and so on this backdrop he decided to auction o=
ur estates,farms and other family businesses and was left with just one hor=
ticulture farm in one of Zimbabwe's richest areas in terms of agriculture. =
When the raiding of the farms was now in full swing and lawlessness was the=
order of the day in 2000 the President's supporters knowing that my father=
did not support Mugabe's Political ideology,under the guise of patriotism =
invaded my fathers farm in Mazoe Mashonaland Central, killed him in cold bl=
ood accusing him of being a racist and shamelessly took over our farm. Afte=
r the death of my father, My mother and I had to move out of Zimbabwe for o=
ur safety .
=A0
Before the death of my father he deposited USD$15.7 Million acquired in 199=
9 from the auctioning of our estates.The funds are presently being kept awa=
y in a security Company based in Malaysia.Presently, myself and my mother M=
rs Elizabeth Russell,are here in Malaysia to notify the security company fo=
r the claims, I am looking for any reliable person overseas who is willing =
to help me to transfer this money out of Malaysia and use it for investment=
in his/her country because we are asylum seekers under the United Nations =
here in Malaysia. I cannot open a non-resident account through which this f=
und will be channelled out to a nominated overseas account. If my propositi=
on is considered, for assisting me to transfer this money to your country, =
I will offer you 30% of the total fund, and 5% of the total will be set asi=
de to cover any expenses incurred during this transaction. 65% will be for =
me and my family to invest in your country under your supervision.
This is because my father told us that it is dangerous to invest this mone=
y in my country to avoid suspicion, and due to market instability coupled w=
ith economic and political instability facing my country . We have all the =
vital documents covering the deposit which I can send to you through fax on=
requestafter all the necessary agreement have been made by our lawyer.
=A0
Please note*: I have never disclosed this to any person apart from you, so =
you have to keep this very, very confidential and if you could reply this m=
essage as soon as you read it to let me know your mind on this proposition.
If I am convinced that you are totally willing to cooperate with me on this=
assignment; I will give you my full contact details in Malaysia and I woul=
d appreciate it very much if you give me yours including your phone number =
where I can reach you. Once again, I would appreciate your regard of this m=
atter as highly confidential in view of the political situation in my count=
ry.Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.you can also contact=
me with this my alternative Email address,{dalerussell_dale@hotmail.com}=
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0
=A0
Best Regards,
Dale Russell.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1063785.stm
http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/africa/08/12/violence.zimbabwe/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/zimbabwe/article/0,2763,562148=0A=0A=0A

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