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    419 Awards

    If you don't know about the 419 scam yet, WAKE UP!

    Has been around since the 20's (in paper form), is otherwise known as the "Nigerian fee scam" and has more than likely visited an in-box near you. It has also been discussed here many times.

    I got one today that I thought deserved a little recognition, as the best put together argument and most gramatically correct version I've ever seen...

    Mr. Kenneth Mbagi
    P. O. Box 32, Shaka,
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
    Tel : Your Intl. Access Code : + 88216 52098236
    Emai : kmbagi@phantomemail.com

    Dear Sir/Madam

    You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. For the purpose of introduction, I am Mr. Kenneth Mbagi, the son of Dr. Matelo Mbagi, a wealthy farmer/politician in Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute in my country.

    I got your contact through the internet based on our urgent need for a dependable and trustworthy foreign partner. Hence I decided to write to you.

    Before the death of my late father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum total of US$20.5 million (Twenty million, Five Hundred thousand United States dollars), in one of the private security companies, as he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money
    was deposited in two boxes as Family Treasures to avoid much demurrage from the security company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the Farms and the establishment of new farms in Swaziland.

    The land problem, in our country came when our President Mr. Robert Mugabe in a bid to win his re-election, introduced a new Land Act Reform wholly affecting the rich white farmers and some few black farmers who are members of the opposition party. This resulted in killings and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. A lot of people have been killed because of this Land reform Act for which my father was unfortunately one of the victims.
    It is against this background that, I and my family fled Harare our capital for fear of our lives and are currently staying in a remote country side of Bulawayo. We are planning to leave the country and seek political asylum in Europe and we have decided to move our family wealth to Europe.

    As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine partner that could assist us without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything we have got, and the South African government seems to be playing along with them. I am faced with the dilemma of moving this amount of money out of South Africa for fear of going through the same experience in
    future, since both countries have similar political history.

    I am now seeking for a partner whom I have to entrust my future and that of my family in his/her hands. To this end, we need your assistance to stand as the Beneficiary of the Consignments in Europe.
    This is because we are under restricted movement and watch and hence we want to be very careful in order not to lose this fund which we have worked so hard for. I have a sufficient CONTACT person at the Security Company in South Africa who can help us move this money to Europe under DIPLOMATIC COVER to another Security Company in Europe
    with your details as the Beneficiary. This is 100% legal and will not pass through normal Customs/Airport Screening.

    Thus, if you are willing to assist us to move this fund out of South Africa, you can contact me through my email addresses, Tel no. above with your telephone, fax number and personal information to enable us discuss further details. I must let you know that this transaction is risk free as far as we keep it as confidential as possible.

    Thank you, many blessings to you.
    Yours Faithfully,



    Mr. Kenneth Mbagi. kmbagi@phantomemail.com

    N/B : Please dial directly, do not include my country code i.e. (263).
    just dial your country Intl. access code + 88216 52098236
    It looks like the phone number is reserved for non-geographically placed satellite phones...these guys are getting smarter!
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    Bugger me, there's a load of millionaires in Zim!

    FROM: TUTUMA WELEMOH [mailto:tutumawelemo@netscape.net]
    I am Mr.Tutuma Welemoh the son of Mr.Welemoh Nguta who was assassinated on
    the 15th of September 2002 by sponsored assasins by the Governemnt of my
    country Zimbabwe because of his vehement oppossition and criticism of the land
    reform in my country aimed at completely depriving the white farmers of
    their lands of decades. He was a strong critic of Mugabe's land reform
    policies. Shortly before his assassination, he mobilised black farmers to
    rise up against hunger by persuading the Government to return ceased land
    to the white and few black farmers a group that my father belong.

    My father had plans to extablish in the outskirt of Harare my country's
    capital, a mini fertilizer company but the dream was twarted by his
    assasination. My mother and I made our way out of the country when it became

    obvious that Mugabe was hell bent on extinguishing my family. We are however

    seeking asylum here in the Netherlands where my father deposited our life
    saving of Six million,Five Hundred United States Dollars($6.5million) the
    funds he wanted to use for the Fertilizer company with a private security
    company when he discovered that Zimbabwe was becoming increasingly unsafe for any business.

    He deposited this funds as "Family Valuable" for fears not to be tampered
    with. Being the only son of my family, I am under pressure by my mother to seek
    for a partner who will assist us to get this funds released from the
    security company and subsequently, assist us in investing our remaing share

    of the funds in a viable business most especially, in real estates
    and properties. We cannot do this on our own because of restriction on
    asylum seekers regarding financial transactions and more so that we are not
    acquainted with business opportunities in Europe here and else where. My
    mother is however not in support of disclosing the amount until it is
    comfirmed that you are willing to assist us but I have no choice but to tell

    you to keep you abreast of the whole assistance required of you.
    It should be noted therefore, that we are willing to give out 20% of this
    funds for assisting us in this and 5% will be for expenses which will
    include Telephone calls Air fare ticket and other expenses which could be
    accounted for in assisting us. The stated amount you will see phisically if
    all the documents are taken care of and you come down to the Netherlands
    here so that we can meet and get to know each other. I will be grateful if
    you will come down to the Netherlands here on the appointment of the
    security company and we will open a non residence account(s) through which
    the funds will be transfered to your other accounts else where so as not to arouse any suspicion.

    You should also be informed that this deposit is not linked to any
    illegality of any sort as I have in my possession, all the documents of
    tittle to the deposit and that the funds was realised from our farm works
    over the years before my father's demise.

    I will like to mention at this juncture that we will be glad if this
    correspondence is treated confidentially, this is because of the fact that
    we do not have any thing left in our entire lives and so we are careful and
    jealously gaurding against someone that might course us pains or cost us to
    loss the funds. Endeavour to give me your confidential Telephone and Fax
    numbers for further clarifications and communications through this e-mail
    address as soon as possible.
    I look forward to hearing from you soonest and praying that God should
    continue to bless you for considering our plight and making efforts to
    assisting us.
    Sincerely yours,

    Tutuma Welemoh
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    I've gotten several of those in the past couple of months. I guess they get your bank account # and then clean you out.

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    i still don't understand how they would get ppls' bank account number and be able to withdraw money ? or am I missing something here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drochili
    i still don't understand how they would get ppls' bank account number and be able to withdraw money ? or am I missing something here ?
    The scam isn't in getting your account number, but in the money you send them to process the transaction. Towards the end of the exchange, when they have the person hooked, they say they need $X0000 for processing fees, paying-off officials, and other made-up expenses.

    Somethingawful.com (and other sites) have posted their exchanges with a few of these scammers. Some of them are pretty funny.

    <edit: Here's one>

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    ah. . ok .. thanks they are quite funny

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    I have received a lot of those letters.. sometimes I read them and sometimes I don't... I wonder who has fallen for that.

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    i get similar emails from NIGERIA !!!!
    Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruchir
    i get similar emails from NIGERIA !!!!
    That's the country of origin for this scam. It used to be called the "Nigerian scam" before switching to "419 scam" (a code from international fraud lingo).

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    I get those all the time. I've been planning to do some annoying writing back but I haven't gotten to that yet.

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    I've gotten that email from about a 1/2 dozen countries. If I'd replied to them all, I'D need to get the accounts to filter that money threw....
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