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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:

Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 14:29:51 +0200

From Mrs. Harriet Mangwana
No: 347 Abercorn Street,
Matabele North Province,
Please Reply to E-mail:


Dear Sir,

I am well confident of your capability of executing this
transaction for the mutual benefit of both families,
believing that you will not expose or betray the trust and
confident I am about to repose to you.

I am contacting you with the greatest delight and personal
respect. I am Mrs. Harriet Mangwana, the wife of late
Dr. (chief) Samuel Mangwana, who was murdered last year of
June by the forces loyal to president Robert Mugabe due to
their support in acquiring his land and property during
the crisis in Zimbabwe last year. Which continued and led
to the lost of several lives of foreign (white) farmers as
reported on cable network news (CNN) and by the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BCC).

I got your contact while I was doing a private research on
the Internet, for a reliable person for partner ship
investment overseas. Believing you are sincere and
trustworthy person and of transparent honesty and capable
of handing this transaction to the best of your knowledge
in assisting my son and I, in transferring the sum of US$
11.500,000.00. (Eleven million, five hundred thousand
united state Dollars), into a foreign account for safe
keeping pending on arrival to your country for our
investment plan.

You may need to know how this fund originated. The sum was
inherited from my late husband who was assassinated by
Robert Mugabe's aides in view of acquiring his land and
property. I got to know of this fund when our family
lawyer, approached me few months ago with some documents
that my late husband had filed with him in the file, I
realized that my late husband (blessed memory) has written
a "will" which he specifically pointed my attention and I

My darling wife, I wish to draw your attention to the sum
of US$11.500,000.00 (eleven million five hundred thousand
united state dollars) which I deposited with a security
company in South Africa. All documents concerning the fund
is filed with our family lawyer and you can make lay claim
to the fund in case of my absence on earth only by death. I
made an agreement with the Security Company that my foreign
partner will stand as a beneficiary to lay claim of
the money. The beneficiary will come forward to make claim
of the consignment.

Dr. (chief) Samuel Mangwana, my late husband advised me
through my lawyer, that incase if he dies that I should
look for a foreigner who will stand as the beneficiary of
the fund so that the fund will be transfer to his or her
account for partnership investment. From the above you can
understand that my future especially that of my son depends
strongly on this money. I willlike you to assist us in
transferring this money into your account for investment.
You can contact my son Jonathan Mangwana on Tel:
27-83-510-36-37, or fax:27-11-507 6032. His e-mail is for more details, as they have
been to south Africa to arrange with some bankers that
will assist in this transfer. For your assistance in this
regard, it will interest you to know that we will be
willing to come to terms with you regarding your reward for
helping us actualize this matter. It is equally
important to state here that considering the nature of this
matter, we will required that it is handle most discreetly.

Kindly contact us using the above particulars upon receipt
of this latter for execution details and other necessary
discussion. Your private phone and fax number will be
needed for easier communication thank you in anticipation
of your trusted and genuine assistance I remain,

yours sincerely,

Harriet Mangwana. (Mrs.)

Please reply to and try as much as possible to call my son Jonathan Mangwana on 27-83-510-36-37 for more details.

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