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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:

From: "DR THEMBA ZUMA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 13:47:04 +0200


In my quest for a reliable and trusted partner for a highly important and lucrative venture cum investment,
I came across your contact as a reliable partner for this venture.
I am DR THEMBA ZUMA, one of the senior Accountants of ABSA BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA. To highlight you on this
proposal, there is an account opened in this bank since 1980 till 1990 after which, nobody has operated on this account again till date.
After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is Mr. Ben Andreas, a foreigner, and a miner at ANGLO AMERICAN PLC. a geologist by profession who died since 1990.
No other person knows about this and my investigation further proved to me that his company does not know anything about this account and
the amount involved as he made it his personal account. The money outstanding before his death was (USD16 Million) Sixteen Million United States
Dollars. I am now contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a national with a local bank account here.
But can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in US dollars and the former owner, a foreigner.
I implore you to act as foreigner and beneficiary to the fund
as I will then intimate you on the processes abound as well as procure all the necessary documents required to lay claim to the money.

If you are capable and willing to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust
according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit I shall highly appreciate.
I need trusted person in this business because I do not want to make mistakes;
I need your strong assurance and trust. With my position now in the office I can affect transfer of this money to any foreigner¡¯s reliable account,
which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending my arrival in your country for disbursement.
On the alternative, you can come down here to South Africa fours to meet one to one after
which I will effect the remittance in your presence and two of us will then proceed to your country,
at least two days ahead of the money prior to it's reflect into the account as provided by you.

Send me your private telephone and fax numbers upon receipt of this proposal, if you genuinely want to assist and be a co-partner.
I will also want us to meet face to face, to enable us sign a binding agreement.
As soon as you receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where the fund will be safe
I will proceed to your country for onward Percentage distributions and investment.
I need your full co-operation to make this work because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner,
who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you later immediately.
I will use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money
to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and foreign exchange departments.
At the conclusion of this business, for your assistance, 25% of the total amount will be accrue for you,70% for me,
while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of the transfer .
I implore you to maintain the absolute confidentiality of this transaction your earliest response is urgently awaited at
Tel +27732264202

Truly Yours
DR Themba Zuma

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