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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: "MR Micheal Kelvin" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 09:50:35 -0300

Dear friend,

You may be surprise to receive this letter from me, since you don't know me personally. I am Mr. Micheal Kelvin, the son of John Kelvin, Who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I am glad to say that with the introduction of internet and website, I was opportune and pleasured to have come across your contact through this satellite media during my search. For a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential business which involve a transfer of fund to a foreign account, and I decided to write you.

My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean opposition party, he was a rich farmer who was murdered by the agents of the ruling Government of President Robert Mugabe, For his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition party Controlled by the white minority, you will read more stories about President Mugabe's brutal acts by visiting this webSites;

Before my father's death, he had taken to Johannesburg and deposited the sum of Twelve Million united state dollars (US 27,000,000) with a Security and Financial Company, the money right now is in NETHERLAND (EUROPE).as if he Foreseen the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited in boxes as Valuable items to avoid over taxed custom clearance. This money was allocated for the purchase of new machinery and chemical product for Agro-allied farms and for the
Establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.

This land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act that wholly affected the rich white farmers and some blacks vehemently condemned the "modus operandi" adopted by the government.
This result to rampant killings and mob action by the war veterans and some Political thugs, precisely more than three thousand (3,000) people have so far Been killed.

Heads of government from the west, especially Britain and United States have Voice their condemnation of Mugabe's plans. Subsequently, South Africa Development community (S.A.D.C) has continuous supported Mugabe's new land act, It is against this background that my entire family who are currently residing In South Africa have decided to transfer my father's wealth and South Africa's
Government seems to be playing along with them. I am face with the dilemma of investing this money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same Experience in the future, since both countries have almost the same political History.

More so the South African foreign exchange policy does not allow such
Investment, Hence I am seeking for (political asylum).AS a business person whom I entrusted my future and that of my family into his hands, I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter.

For your assistance we are offering you 20% of the sum, 75% for me and my Family, while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that we may incurred during this transaction. We wish to invest our money on commercial properties based on your advice. Finally, I will demand for assurance that you will not abandon us
When the money gets to your possession/account in your country, If this proposal Is accepted please confirm your interest by sending me mail through this e-mail


Mr. Micheal Kelvin

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