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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 17:31:09 GMT
Subject: Please, Your last chance before..

Dear friend,
I am Mr Addo Zuma the eldest son of Dr.Pule Zuma who was recently
with other whites in the land dispute violence in Zimbabwe.I decided to
write for an assistance. My late father was among the few black-
rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the KILLER-SQUAD of the ruling
Zimbabwean government of President Robert Mugabe on the 12th of March
his alleged support and sympathy for the opposition party controlled by
the whites and this crisis and cold blood-murdered reports, were
to the whole world through BBC,CNN,and even the UNITED NATIONS
general assembly
meeting for heads of government of member nations. Before his death, he
had taken me to Lagos to deposit the sum of US$25.MILLION with a
and finance company for safe-keeping as if he foresaw the looming
that could erupt from the farm struggle in Zimbabwe. The money was
in a box as a consignment labelled''FAMILY TRASURE'' with the
security company.
This money was earmarked for the purchase of machineries and agro-
for the farms and the establishment of new farms settlements in Lesotho
and Swaziland. This land problem arose when president Robert mugabe
a new land acts which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some
blacks vehemently condemned the modus operandi adopted by the
This resulted to forceful ejection of whites from their lands,
rampant killings,
arson and mob actions by the war veterans and some political thugs.
than one hundred and seven(107)people have been killed and many others
for life in the past, and up till this JULY 2004, BBC and CNN have
more killings in the farm land violence. It is against this background
I and my family who are currently staying in Nigeria have decided to
the funds out of Nigeria. As the eldest
son of my late father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking
genuine foreign partner, who could help out , without
the knowledge of Zimbabwean government who have tactically frozen my
wealth. Secondly, my grand-mother is presently sick of HEART DISEASE
the need to fly out for a medical operation on her is very important,
how can we fly without this fund. Presently we are residing temporarily
in Lagos pending the outcome of an appeal filed on our behalf by our
for the department of Home Affairs to grant us asylum status. At the
we're in dilemma to the fiscal laws inhibiting Nigerian Refugees on
policy. We request that this proposal should be granted so that we can
able to move this money outside Nigeria for
investment purpose. As somebody whom I wish to entrust my future and
of my family in his hands, I must let you know that this transaction is
100% risk free as far as you keep it secret, the modalities to move the
is ready with the help of our family lawyer, a Nigerian and a member of
a Bank Board. With his help we have finished all the arrangement, on
this money will be moved easily. But the problem we are facing is how
to get an honest and responsible person that can keep this money safe
stand as the beneficiary. Please I will like to know what % you will
for helping me and my family. If you sincerely assist us with the whole
of your heart to move this money outside Nigeria. Please
send e-mail to me as quickly as possible. Also give me your phone
and fax for more confidentiality. This transaction requires
and privacy. An early response will be appreciated
Addo Zuma

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