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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: "MR. JOHNSON JAFFAR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:44:55 -0800

TEL: +27-78-477-5667.
Dear Sir, Madam, 
Zimbabwe formally Rhodesia under the colonial rule gained independence in 1981 under the nationalist struggle for independence led by Robert Mugabe and late Joshua Nkomo. Under the white rule and since independence the minority white that owned most of the farmlands in Zimbabwe have dominated agriculture. The aborigines believe that they are still in slaves in their own land, if they continue to work the land for their white masters even after independence. Robert Mugabe as the black Moses who led his people to freedom has vowed to revoke ownership of the white owned farms and redistribute the lands to the landless blacks. This move he said is necessary to redress the imbalance of the colonial era. For the struggle to be meaningful the whites must give up their lands, which was part of the struggle for freedom. To effects this initiative the government has amended its land acquisition laws and policies months ago, which gave about 3000 white Zimbabwean farmers a 45-day quit notice to leave their lands to the
My family and I are caught up in this web of land politics, which also led to the death of our father. We have seen reforms after reforms by the government of Mugabe and we are fed up with it. Our economy is in shambles and it is just not profitable and safe enough forts to remain in Zimbabwe. We have decided to relocate our farm to Swaziland, a neighboring country, where we have acquired lands. Our capital base is in South Africa where we are temporarily living pending such time logistics would be ready for full-scale operation in Swaziland. Bearing in mind that some African presidents and their government are playing “Russian roulette” over Zimbabwean land crises, every effort has begun in earnest to move our capital base to a stable country where it can be safer, hence contacting you.
With a capital base of U.S$25 MILLION, there is a great deal of secrecy involved to avoid the piercing eyes and smelling noses of the government of Zimbabwe and their agents. We are therefore contacting you so you can use a magnificent business technique to transfer this family financial treasure out of South Africa. We mapped out 25% of the gross sum as due commission for your expected honest assistance in executing the successful transfer of this money out of South Africa, for our family investments.
Please call us or Email us immediately if you are interested, so we can discuss further while we hold this correspondence in the strictest confidence, which it requires.
Yours Truly
MR. JOHNSON JAFFAR                              

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