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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:

Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 03:11:52 +0200

TELL: +27-739629266


You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you don't know me in person,
but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR.SMITH MABNI, the son of late MR. MBANI MASAM,
who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE. I got your contact through the South African
International Exchange Network On-line here in Johannesburg, South Africa as reliable and
trustworthy to deal with, and 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 deposited the sum of Eighteen Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars
($18.2m) with a security and finance company here in South Africa, as 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 to 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 and asylum or refugee.

I must let you know that this business is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not
necessarily 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. Therefore, if you are
willing and interested to render the needed assistance, endeavor to reply through my email address:
I also need your telephone number, Remember that this is highly confidential and the success of this
business depends on how secret it is kept. We expect your reply soonest.

Best Regard.


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