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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 10:50:37 -0700

Dear Friend,

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me, Since you do not know
me personally .

My Name is Ighene Peter" The purpose of my introduction is that" Before
the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum
of US24 million (Twenty Four Million United States dollars),in one of the
private security company, as he fore saw the looming danger in Zimbabwe
this money was deposited in Two boxes as gem stones to avoid much demurrage
from security company.

This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for
the Farms and establishment of new farms in Swaziland.

This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr Robert Mugabe introduced
a new Land Act Reform wholly affecting the rich white farmers and some few
black Farmers and this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean
war veterans and some lunatics in the society.

In fact a lot of people were killed Because of this Land reform Act for
which my father Mr"Ighene was one of the victims.

It is against this background that, I and my family fled Zimbabwe for fear
of our lives and I currently staying in the Lome Togo, where my family
are seeking political asylum and more also I have decided to transfer my
father's money to a more reliable foreign account.

As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of
seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred
without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything
we have got.

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, both countries have
similar political history.

As a business man, I am seeking for a partner who I have to entrust my future
and that of my family in his hands, I must let you know that this transaction
is risk free.

If you accept to assist me and my family, all I want you to do for me, is
to make an arrangements with the security company to clear the consignment(funds)
from their affiliate office here in the Netherlands as I have already given
directives for the consignment to be brought to the Netherlands from South
Africa .

But before then all modalities will have to be put in place like change
of ownership to the consignment and more importantly this money I intend
to use for investment.

I have two options for you. Firstly you can choose to have certain percentage
of the money for nominating your account for this transaction.

Or you can go into Partnership with me for the proper profitable investment
of the money in your country. Whichever the option you want, feel free to
notify me.

If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the money
while 5% will be set aside to incure any expencies used during this transaction
and the remaining 70% will be for my investment in your country.

Contact me with the above via e-mai while I
implore you to maintain the absolute secrecy required in this transaction.


And God Bless

Ighene Peter.

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