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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: jonas khumalo <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 05:12:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Business & Investment Offer

Dear Sir,

With due honor and respect, I introduce myself to you for a better relationship ,For introduction I am Mr. Jonas Khumalo the son of the former and first Black President of Zimbabwe who took over from the white Government in 1980, In July 1980, he represented the country at the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
Your contact was the courtesy of Business online network via internet as I decided to contact for this Beneficiary Transaction that is 100% risk free.

My Father Canaan Sodindo Khumalo served as the country's ceremonial
president from March 1980 to Dec. 31, 1987. Mugabe was sworn in as
executive president on Jan. 1, 1988, after serving as Prime Minister , In 1996 my Father was arrested for sexually assaulting his former bodyguard and we fled to the Republic of South Africa while on bail,on our return he was sentenced to 10 years in jail but only served 2 years in prison and was released in 2001. My Father felt serious illness after he was released from the Jail ,which made us to take him to Great Britain after which we came back South Africa for more treatment at Johannesburg Central Hospital ,while he was in the Hospital ,unfortunately he died on a faith morning of November 11 2003.

During the time my and all of my family where running for there lives because our lives was in danger with the money my husband kept in a safe box in the house ,the amount contained in safe box is [21.6 million usd] twenty one million six hundred thousand united sates dollars and we decided to code the and move to the Republic of South Africa ,where we deposited the money in A security Company as a valuable item .So I decided to make a contact to an oversea firm who will assist me and my family to move the money out of South Africa because we are Asylum seekers here in South Africa.

So if you consider this proposal we have agreed to give you 25% of the total some for helping us move the money out to your country and 5% will be mapped out for expenses but of us may incur during the Transaction and 70% will be for me and my family to invest in your country .

All I want is for you to furnish me with the following:

1]Banking in formations where the money will be lodged in.
2] Your private telephone and Fax numbers for easy communications so
that I can send all the whole Documents regarding this Transaction to you.

Therefore be kind to clarify the following;
A]Can your account accomudate this Fund in your local Bank without
Government intervention or do you have an account outside your country where you may consider safe for this fund
B]How is the Taxation sysytem in your country as I desire a low /free Tax zone .
C]What are interest rates long /short term fix deposit in your local Bank
D]What other lucrative investments would you suggest as I intend
Banking ,Real Estate and import and export investment.
E]Can you be able to make Residential Documents and purchase a house
for me and my Family to relocate and settle in your country.

Looking forward to urgent reply with favorable response.

Note; This that this Transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely Confidential, then if you are interested to help me and my family out of this condition please do reply this message immediately.
You can send your reply on my private email or telephone on +27732349516.

Sincerely yours,

Mr.Jonas Khumalo.

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