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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: "smith solomon" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2004 00:44:59 +0000



Dear sir/madam,

I wish to introduce my good self as Mr.SMITH SOLOMON, 28 years old. The
elder son of MARK SOLOMON OF Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you
where I got your contact address, I got your contact through network online.
I was convinced to solicit for your assistance after going through your
profile. I am interested in doing business with your company, particularly,
in joint venture in your country on lucrative business.
During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the support of
our President ROBERT MUGABE to claim all the white and black farms in our
country, so he ordered all the white and black farmers to surrender all
their farms to his party members and his followers, and my father is one of
the best farmers in our country, because he did not support his idea his
supporters invaded my father's farm and burnt everything in the farm and
killed my father and confiscated all his investments. After the death of my
father, my mother, my younger brother and I decided to move out of Zimbabwe
because our life is still in danger, with the money my father kept in his
hidden safe in my mother's house,since he does not have any account with any
bank due to illiteracy but was successful in farm production.

The amount contained in the safe is US$25M (Twenty Five Million United
States Dollars), and we decided to move with the money through diplomatic
means and we are forced to seek a political asylum as refugee. Which I
brilliantly transferred and deposited it with a Finance and Assets
Protection Company here in Johannesburg, Republic of South
Africa,meanwhile,I was advised by a lawyer here to transfer the fund to
Assets protection company in any European country for more safety pending
when I get reliable body that will assist receive the fund in his foreign
safe account and at the same time give me light of investment,based on
technical know how / business inclined.

However,my aim of contacting you is to help me look for a profitable
investment overseas. As a result of my present status and as a refugee I
won't be able to conclude this transaction alone. If you are interested in
helping me out,try and contact me with the above telephone number or e-mail
address indicating your interest to help me. I will then furnish you with
more details and I have mutually agreed to compensate you with 20% which is
your share for assisting me,and 5% for any expenses that might be incured by
both paties in the course of the transaction. Then the remaining 75% will
be for me and my family, which you will help us to invest in your country.

Be informed that this transaction need utmost trust and
confidentiality,note also that this transaction attracts no risk on your
side hence all the modalities for a smooth and successful transfer of this
fund has been arranged.And I also look forward to establish a good
relationship with you.

Best regards.

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