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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr David Gumede" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 07:47:26 -0700
Subject: Personal Message
A desperate search for a reliable and capable partner is what led me to sending you this email.
By introduction, my name is Mr. David Gumede. I am the Personal Assistance of Mr Duduzane Zuma the son of South African Ex-President Jacob Zuma. I have a proposal of high benefit I would like to bring to your attention, but because of the confidentiality of this I will only give you the full details via a telephone conversation or via another email which I will send to you after receiving your response.
In summary; towards the end of December 2015, Mr Duduzane and his father Jacob Zuma secured a nuclear deal with the Russians. The deal later didnt go through as some of the South African Presidential cabinet didnt approve of it, but before this a huge sum has already been transferred into the country through Mr Duduzanes company (Westdawn Investments).
With Jacob Zuma exiting the presidential seat and Mr. Duduzane being on the run because of his involvement with the Guptas, I have been giving the task to seek for a foreign partner or company to assist us in moving this fund out of the Republic so we do not end of up losing everything.
More details of this I will provide through a medium suitable to you, either via a phone call or a private email.
Hope to get your response.
Mr. David Gumede