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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: "khumalo family" <>
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 10:53:29 +0200


Attn: Director / CEO,

I am Mrs.Faith Khumalo, first wife of Engineer Khumalo Solomon, of
Bulawayo-Zimbabwe. This is my 31 years of marriage with Mr.Khumalo,where my
only son and I are now resident in South Africa as Asylum seeker (REFUGEE).
I got your contact through South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Withyour contact profile, I hope that you can take care of the amount
involved. Ihave some huge amount of money, which I inherited from my dead
husband a fewmonths ago.
My husband’s tragedy occurred when the Zimbabwean government took our farm
from us. My husband was murdered in Zimbabwean and I am the only left two
wives, So Iam willing to leave South Africa for any place abroad.
My fund is presently deposited with a Security Company without disclosing
thecontents of the box to the Security Firm, and I would like you to help
metransfer this money overseas pending investment. The amount deposited is
(TwentyTwo Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) US$22.5
In consideration of your assistance, I agreed to offer you, upon acceptance
tothis proposal 25% of the total sum and 5% has mapped out to cover all
sundryexpenses both parties might incur, locally or internationally, during
the courseof this transaction. and the remaining 70% will be for me and my
only son forour life investment in your country.
I will relate to you my financial advisor particulars upon receipt of
yourapproval for more information and fell free to ask questions you
considerrelevant. Never the less, I will like you to contact my son through
this E-mail:( Name paul Khumalo. The
confidentiality of this proposal will be highly appreciated.
Thank as we await your urgent response.
Best Regards, Khumalo

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