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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: "luck khumalo" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 13:47:31 +0100

From Mr. Luck Khumalo
34 Gallo Court, 3 Avenue
Florida 1710
Johannesburg South Africa
E-Mail Address:
Tel: +27-83 5444 881.

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am Mr Luck Khumalo a Zimbabwean and the son of Mr. madox Khumalo, a
renowned Farmer in Bulawayo Town in Zimbabwe. I write on behalf of the
Khumalo"s family, to request if you are available and have the facility to
assist my family undertake some capital investment in your country. It will
be necessary to inform you that the {US$18.5M} Eighteen million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) intended for capitalization of the
investments are presently in the custody of a private security company here
in Johannesburg, South Africa which we require to Transfer out of South
Africa immediately for the said investment purposes.

You may have heard of the present crisis in Zimbabwe orchestrated by the
unprecedented Land use Act of the government of Robert Mugabe in which his
government has arbitrarily reclaimed and acquired all farm lands owned by
the white farmers in the country. This has caused a historical
displacement of the white folks who are known to be the country's main
farmers. The ensuing struggles and strife have brought about the killing and
imprisonment of thousands of these white farm owners by the ruthless
government forces designated to enforce this new order.

My father, in his good will, joined the international community in
condemning and speaking out against this uncivilized and bizarre policy of
Robert Mugabe's government. As a result of my father firm and upright
position on this matter, a group of assailants suspected to be government
sympathizers attached and killed my father in cold blood in February last
year. Seeing that the entire Moyo's family was in serious threat of
extinction, we immediately fled Zimbabwe to South Africa, where we have
sojourned ever since as refugees under the United Nations.

Prior however, to my father untimely death he had, sensing the rising
hostilities, sold some of his farm lands including those of some of his
white farmer associates who had transferred ownership of their farm lands to
my father to forestall the government acquiring them. My father secretly
sent the proceeds {US$18.5M} Eighteen million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) from sales of the farm lands to South Africa. And deposited
it in a metal box with a private security company here in Johannesburg.

Having seen your contact information in your country’s business journal, we
now contact you for immediate assistance in lifting the funds out of South
Africa for the said investments. It will interest you also to note that we
have all this while articulated the needful arrangements through which
the transfer will be affected. To come to terms with you regarding your
reward for helping us actualize this matter, we have agreed to offer you 20%
of the total money, 5% will be mapped out for the expenses we may incur
during this transaction then 75% will be for me and my family. It is equally
important to state here that considering the nature of this matter, we will
required that it is handled most discreetly.

Kindly, contact me using the above E-MAIL ADDRESSES upon receipt of this
letter for execution details and other necessary discussion. In
anticipation of your trusted and Genuine assistance I remain,

yours sincerely

[Mr. Luck Khumalo]

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