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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:

From: "livins ndlovu" <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 14:23:45 +0200



You may be surprise to receive this message from me Since you don't
know me in person, but for the purpose of introduction, I am Mr. LIVINS
NDLOVU, the son of late MR JAMES NDLOVU, who was murdered in a land dispute

You contact was given to me at the INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE / CHEMBER OF
COMMERCE here in Johannesburg as reliable and trustworthy to deal with,then
I decided to write you.My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean
rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agent of the ruling government of
president ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and
sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party.Before the death of my father, he
took me to SOUTH AFRICA to deposit the sum of THIRTY-point two
million US Dollars ($30.2m) with a security and finance companys if he knew
the looming danger in Zimbabwe. the money was deposited as a gem or precious
stone to avoid much demurrage from the security firm.This money was
earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for the farms and
the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.

This land problem arose when president R. MUGABE introduced a new land Act.
which wholly affects the white rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently
condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government. This resulted to
rampant killing and mob actions.I and my family who are currently staying in
South Africa as a refugee or an asylum seeker have decided transfer this
money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am faced with the
dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of
encountering the same experience in future since both countries have the
same political history.Moreover, the South African monetary policy/law does
not allow such investment hence I am seeking for an asylum or refugee.

I must let you know that this business is 100% risk free and the nature of
your business does not necessary matter. So if you are willing to assist
us,I and my family have agreed to give you 15% of the total money, 40% will
be for a joint business venture I will be doing with you and another 40%
will be for me and my family which we shall also invest in your country and
the remaining 5% will be mapped out for all expenses we may incurred during
the transaction.

Therefor, if you are willing and interested to rendered the needed
assistance, endeavor to reply through my email address or the above Tel
number. I also need your private phone and fax number for easy
communication.Remenber that this is highly confidential and the success of
this business depends on how secret it is kept.Expecting your reply soonest.

Best Regard.


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