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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: "steven malaudzi" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 02:43:29 -0700

*From:Steven Malaudzi
No.04 Chester Court, 145 Jan Smuts Ave * *Ave. Opp. Goodman Gallery,
Parkwood, JHB*
*P.O.Box1105 Saxonwold,2132.
Tel/Fax+0027 86 529 0021*
*Dear Sir,*
I am *MR.STEVEN MALAUDZI* from Zimbabwe the first Son of *Mr.NDULOV MALAUDZI
* who was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe by the agents of the
ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE, you must have heard his
alleged support and sympathy for the opposition MDC PARTY led by the
minority white farmers.

My Father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold
blood by the war veterans backed by the government. Before the death of my
Father, he deposited the sum of *US$12M (Twelve Million United State
Dollars)* With one of the security company in Southern Africa, as if he knew
the looming danger in ZIMBABWE. The money was deposited as a gem and
precious stones to avoid much attraction & demurrage from the security firm.
The money was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for
the farms and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland before
the regretted incident.

This Land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land
act. Which wholly affects the white rich farmers and some few blacks
vehemently condemned the "Modus operandi" adopted by the government.

This resulted to rampart killing and Mob actions. My mother and I are
staying in South Africa now as Asylum seekers, which have not been
beneficial to us; I have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country
where we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount
of money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in
future since both countries have the same political policy and also law does
not permit us to investment hence we're refugees.

I must let you know that this business is *100%* risk free and the nature of
your business does not necessarily matter, you can help us if you wish. I
and my family have agreed to give you *15% *of the total *US12M,* *5%* will
be mapped out for all expenses that maybe incurred during the transfer and *
80%* will be for me and my family's investment in your country. Therefore if
you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance, endeavor to
reply through my mums private mail Address

for more brief clarifications. I also need your private mobile, telephone
and fax numbers for easy communication. Remember; this is highly
confidential and the success of this business depends on how secret it is
kept. Expecting your reply soonest.

*Best regards, **

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