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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: "rossaline sibeko" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 07:35:35 +0000

FROM:Mrs.Rossaline Sibeko



You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me
personally, I am Mrs ROSSALINE SIBEKO the wife of Mr. MARK SIBEKO, who was
murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe last Year.I got your contact
through world network online and your company profile, hence I decided to
write to you. Before the death of my husband, he had taken my son COLLINS to
South Africa to deposit the sum of US$ 20m (twenty Million united states
Dollars),in one of the private security company, as if he foresaw the
looming danger in Zimbabwe.

This money was deposited in a box as a family property to avoid much
demurrage from Security Company.This amount was meant for the purchase of
new machines and chemicals for the farms and established of new farm in
Swaziland.This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe
introduce a new Land Act reform which wholly affected the rich white farmers
and some few blacks farmers.And this resulted to the killing and mob action
by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot
of people was killed because of this land reformed Act for which my husband
was one of the victim.

It is against this background that my son collins who is currently staying
in South Africa decided to transfer my husband money to foreign account
since the law of South Africa prohibit a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any
bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction througout the
teritorial zone South Africa. I am saddle with the responsibility of
seeking a genuine foreign partner who can assist my son with his
personal/company's account where this money could be transferred without the
knowledge of my government who are bent from taking everything we had. The
South African government seems to be playing along with them. I am faced
with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear
of going through the same experience in future since both countries have
similar political history.

Moreover, the South African Foreign Exchange policy does not allow such
investment as an asylum seeker.As a person, who I have to entrust my future
and of my family in his hands, I must let you know that this transaction is
risk free. And upon acceptance of this proposal you are advice to contact my
son COLLINS SIBEKO through the or phone
number:(27 832-468-270) for more details
of the transaction while I implore you to maintain the absolute secrecy
required in this transaction.
I have two options for you, firstly you can choose to have certain
percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction. Or
you can go into partnership with us for the proper profitable investment of
the money in your country. Whichever the options you choose, feel free to
notify me I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses
incurred in the process of this transaction.
If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the money
while the remaining 70% will be for my investment in your country.

Best regards and God bless,

Mrs.Rossaline Sibeko

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