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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: "Mrs Jean Tawanda" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:37:39 +0200
Subject: Your urgent attention is needed .

From: Mrs. Jean Tawanda
Address: #12 tudhope/high street
Berea Johannesburg RSA.

With due respect, trust and humility, I write you this proposal, which I Believe, it would be of great interest to you. I found your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable and capable foreign partner that will assist me and my family.

I am Mrs. Jean Tawanda the wife of (late) Mr. Joseph Tawanda of Zimbabwe. During the current war against farmers in Zimbabwe and from the support of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our country, all the white farmers were ordered to surrender their farms to his party members and his followers. My husband who was one of the best farmers in our country and treasury of the farmers co-operation did not support our president idea, so the party members invaded my husbands farms and burnt everything in the farm, killed my husband and made away with a lot of items in the farm.

After the death of my husband, my family and I decided to move out of Zimbabwe because of our lives were in danger. Before the death of my husband, he deposited firstly the sum of US$3.5M (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) in one of the private security company in South Africa and recently before they killed him he went again to deposit US$8.5M (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) with another different Security Company in South Africa, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was deposited in a box as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from Security Company and also for security reasons.

Upon received your consent in my family proposal, we will start with US$3.5M to see how you will handle it without any disappointment from your side then we go for the second batch of US$8.5M only if you promised us that nothing will happen to our family fund at end of the transaction because this is our lives and that is the reason we want to start with US$3.5M to see how you will handle it.
This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for his farms and established of new farm in Swaziland. So if you consider this proposal, we have agreed to give you 25% of the Total sum for helping us to move this money out of South Africa and 5% will be mapped out for expenses both of us may incur during this transaction and 70% will be for me and my family to invest in your country.
All I want is for you to furnish my son your details and your personal mobile phone and fax numbers and your private email address for easy communication and more information. Finally, as soon as you have indicated your interest and capability to handle this transaction then my son will details you the modality since all the deposited documents are with my son.

Please contact my son MR. David Tawanda . On below telephone number and email
address: EMAIL

Tel: + 27 842153390
Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Mrs. Jean Tawanda


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