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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "robert mugabe" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: CLEMENT NKUHLU <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 12:15:09 +0000
Subject: INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
From: GRACE NTOMBIZODWA MUGABE
SOLICITING FOR YOUR PERSUASIVE ASSISTANCE FROM GRACE
It gives me a great pleasure to contact you, and I do hope this letter will not come to you as a surprise. I am Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe (the wife of the former President of Zimbabwe / Head of States, Robert Mugabe) who was overthrown by the Military on 17th November 2017 and He died on the 6th of September 2019, I left Presidential Villa since the removal and death of my husband, do to hash treatment from Mnangagwa the current president of Zimbabwe who is penny pinched. I decided to contact you so that we can arrange with you for favorable terms of trade, and the possibility of moving some family funds, to your possession. Since the removal of my husband, the incumbent president Mnangagwa who is the Current President of Zimbabwe, have not allowed me and my kids to enjoy the presidential privilege because of the enemity that existed between him and me, consequently our bank account in Zimbabwe and abroad have been frozen in a very wicked Manner, since over Three years, I have lost over US$800 million to the Government of Zimbabwe. All these loses was mainly due to the fact that My Husband confided in me as an honest wife
For partnership purpose, and for the sake of humanity, we decided to contact you in confidence to inform you that we have in our possession the deposits made by My Husband in my name, which were funds that were in ones heart moved out of Zimbabwe to South Africa. This fund involves a total cash sum of USD500M (Five hundred Million united-states Dollars only.), which were hidden and packaged in one big Metal Box, presently kept with a Diplomatic Security Deposit Company in South Africa, as Family Treasures. In regards to this, you are to forward your private telephone and email to enable my Financial investor to communicate with you, so as to arrange and move this fund from South Africa to your account in your country.
For security reasons all Communications regarding to this transaction should be strictly by phone and Email Secondly, we have agreed to offer you 20% 0f the USD. $500Million, for your Immense assistance to us, while you will hold 80% on trust for us as we would like to do a good business Investment in your country and also invest in charity, please you are required to treat this letter Highly confidential as no other person know about this money Except me, My late Husband, My Financial investor (CLEMENT NKUHLU), your very self. Please do contact my Financial Investor who is presently in South Africa on his Telephone number, Tel: + 27 737310072 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you via My Financial Investor (Mr. CLEMENT NKUHLU). May God bless you as you help a widow in need of help
Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe (DR).
(ON BEHALF OF MUGABE FAMILY)