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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: Kate Khumalo <>
Reply-To: Kate Khumalo <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:47:12 +0000 (UTC)

From: Mrs. Kate Khumalo  
18 Sunheight Rd., Ranburg East
Johannesburg South Africa.Email pls reply : {}
My Son email:
Mobile: +27 83 246 1048
Date   8 / 10/2014
Attn: Sir/Madam,
                                    URGENTFAMILY ASSISTANCE
This may appear a bit surprising to you but very beneficial, as a matter ofurgent, am desperately looking for a foreign partner whom I can trust to handlesome investment or fund movement. 
I am Mrs. Kate Khumalo, wife of late Mr. Johnson Khumalo, who was murderedby the Zimbabwean veterans and irate black people. I am writing from SouthAfrica. I got your address from the Internet through the consultancy directoryduring my search for a reliable and honest person to transact this businesswith.
I write to solicit for your special assistance to a family shattered by atyrannical government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party,President Robert Mugabe. Because of land and farm land crisis in Zimbabwe, thegovernment secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members todispossess the land being occupied by white farmers. This action has led to thekilling of some members of opposition party including my husband (Mr. JohnsonKhumalo) but before the death of my husband, he anticipated some dangers and sohe deposited the sum of US$8.5m (Eight million Five hundred Thousand UnitedStates Dollars) as a consignment in the name of our only son, Mr. DavidKhumalo, with the help of reputable security company in south Africa with theintention of using it to open a fertilizer manufacturing company and for thepurchase of new machinery’s for the establishment of new farm inLesotho and Swaziland after his university education.
On the 29th of October 2009, the war veterans and some supporters of(ZANU-PF) ruling party trooped into our compound and axed him (my husband) todeath. Since then, they have been terrorizing my only son, Mr. David Khumalo,but we managed to escape to a neighboring country, South Africa as a politicalasylum seeker (refugee). But our position in South Africa does not permit us toopen an account or run any huge financial business, that is why I want thisfund to be transferred into your private account so that you willassist us to invest it in your country. Hence you agreed to assist us, wewill offer you 25% of the money for your assistance, 5% will be for thepossible expenses incurred in the process of this transaction, while 70% willbe for our family investment in your country under your close supervision. Ineed your urgent and confidential response through myson. +27 83 246 1048  Best regardsMrs. Kate Khumalo                           Note: Please do not reply to sender email.
 (For The Family).                   

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