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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: "Sizuwe A Ndebele" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:49:01 +0200
Subject: From: Mrs. Sizwe Ann Ndebele

From: Mrs. Sizwe Ann Ndebele

MP465 Avenue Linksfail

Pretoria, South Africa


My name is Mrs. Sizwe Ann Ndebele the wife of Late Mr. Mokweni Ndebele of
Zimbabwe this might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact. A
career diplomat who I consulted in my search for a reliable
individual/company who can assist me in transferring a reasonable sum of
money abroad to a company or private account introduced your firm to me.

During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of
our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party
members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all
their farms to his party members and his followers. My husband was one of
the best farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabe's
ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded my husband's

farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my husband and made away with
a lot of items in my husband's farm.

Before his death, my husband had deposited with one of the finance Company
the death of my lovely husband we decided to move to the Republic of South
Africa where he had deposited the money in the finance Company as family
valuables. So I decided to contact you as my husband's overseas firm
business partner that will assist me and my family to move this money out of
South Africa because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any
bank account We have agreed to offer you 28% of the total sum for your
assistance, 2% will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in
the course of this transaction and 70% will be for me and my family to
invest in your country All I want you to do is to furnish me with your
entire Personal phone and fax numbers for easy communication.

You can contact my son Sipho Ndebele on the above Email at; *<>
m* or email me at:
*< wn&sortÚte&pos* Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential.

Please kindly find the below attached document

Thanks and God bless.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Sizwe Ann Ndebele for the family.

Family Email;< wn&sortÚte&pos
Tel:27 7393 82891

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