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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: jackson zuma <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:18:58 +0200
Subject: hi


Dear Partner,Naturally,this letter will come to you as a surprise since we havenot met,permit me however to introduce myself,I am Jackson Moyo,a blackZimbabwean farmer,currently in south africa as reffuge. I used to work in threetobacco farms in Chipinge,and I was also part owner of these farms which wereowned by my late father. I am contacting you as the need for me to have aforeign partner in your country has become necessary due to my plans to relocateto that country so that I can purchase some land and start farming all overagain,as the present political instability in Zimbabwe,does not encourage

financial investment as the environment is no longer conducive for farming investment and most of all,security is not guaranteed,just as reported by international media.This problem started when the Zimbabwean government under the leadership of President Robert Mugabe announced a decree on May 31st 2000 to seize more than849 white-owned farms.During this period,as reported by international media and he CNN,more than 600 farmers(including my father) were killed; thegovernment is not stopping at this, as the government has already asked all farmers to give up their farms to government or risk going to prison.So far,more than 1,400 owned farms have been invaded and confiscated,as wellas claiming the properties of the farmers. Also,about 1333 farmers arrested for defying the orders to leave their farms under the controversial land reform program of the government.

Having lived in this country south africa for years,Am reffuge some years therefore,I decided to contact you,for your assistance,so that I can divert my interest in south africa to a more stable country as yours. Also,I must re-iterate the importance of having a citizen of your country to front or me,since i intend to purchase some land for farming,I do not know much about your land-ownership laws,I thought it wise to seek the help of a foreigner to act as proxy for me.For this purpose,I have put in a security deposit all monies from the sale of my farming equipment(including tractors etc)

and also all financial profits.All these are a total of US$18.5million.I will upon receiving your consent prepare every document to enable you receive this money on my behalf,pending my arrival to meet with you in your country so that we can both make further arrangements with regards to the purchase of land.For your assistance to me,you will be entitled to a commission of 15% of the total sum that you will be receiving on my behalf for the above purpose.If you are

interested and willing to assist me,you should please forward to me the following information so that I can reach you or call me in this number +27-73-639-2816 I will tell you more details.




I am waiting urgently for your response,while also requesting that you treat

this matter in strict privacy.Cheers and God bless.

I will give you more details when i hear from you.You can click on the link

below to get a better understanding my situation and why i need to move out my


Best Regards

Jackson Moyo

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