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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: Frank david Kuba <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:44:08 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Call Urgently +27 839470181



House 3 Extensions 107

Louis Botha Street Soweto South Africa .

Alternative Email:

Tel :+27 83 94 70181



Dear Sir/Madam,


Please permit me to write you this letter irrespective of the fact we have not met before. I come in contact with your address through a good friend of my Father who works with South African chamber of commerce when I was scouting for a reliable and interested partner whom I can do business with. He suggested you as honest, trustworthy and an institute businessman with whom one can do business with. Although I did not disclose the nature of business I intend to do with you to him due to the nature of this business.


I am Mr.Frank David Kuba the Son of late Mr. Pedro Kuba who was murdered by the Zimbabwean veterans and irate black people. I got your contact from South African chamber of commerce when I was searching for a reliable and honest person to transact this business with. I write to solicit for your special assistance to a family shattered by a tyrannical government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party- president Robert Mugabe. Because of land and farmland crisis in Zimbabwe , the government secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members to disposes the land being occupied by white farmers.


This action has led to the killing of some members of opposition party including my husband who did not support this ill-fated action. But before the death of my Father he deposited the sum of USD$40M (Forty Million United States Dollars) in a safe box in a private security company here in Johannesburg South Africa, as a treasure box fully documented in our only son’s name (Frank David Kuba) with the intention of using it to open fertilizer manufacturing company among other companies in our neighboring country (Swaziland) after his university education.


On the 2004, the war veterans and some supporters of (ZANU-PF) ruling party trooped into our compound and axed my father's to death. Since then they have been terrorizing my family but I and my mother managed to escape to South Africa where we are now living as a political asylum seeker (refugee) but the financial laws of South Africa do not permit us financial rights to such a huge amount of money. In view of this, I cannot invest this fund in South Africa hence I solicit for you’re assistant to help us transfer the fund to your overseas account for any investment, which you will advice us.


I am prepared to give you 35% of the money for your assistance, 5% will be for any expenses incurred in the process of this transaction, while the remaining 60% will be for our investment in your country. Upon your immediate response, I will immediately arrange and send you all the information that will empower your smooth transaction with the security company in South Africa , I will also send to you the depositary documents of the fund.

Remember to include your direct telephone and fax number in your next mail so I will call you for more confidential discussion. Please treat this transaction with absolute confidentiality. You can as well read more about the crises in my country and about this situation on the following sites: you can call me before sending email. africa/08/12/violence. zimbabwe/ zimbabwe/article/0,2763, 562148,00.html


Thanks and Best Regards

Yours Sincerely,

Mr.Frank David Kuba (For the Family)


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