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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: davidmorris@webmail.co.za
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2005 13:06:21 +0200
Subject: URGENT REPLY

FROM :MR DAVID MORRIS.
MORRIS CHAMBERS
PLOT 5 MADIBA HIGHWAY
JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL
SOUTH AFRICA.
DIRECT LINE: + 27-73-157-8933.
FAX LINE+ 0027-11-507-6713
MY DEAR GOOD FRIEND,

I DAVID MORRIS IS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
PROFESSIONAL FINANCIAL CONSULTANT PRESENTLY IN SOUTH AFRICA
IN THE ABOVE LISTED ADDRESS.

I HAVE A CLIENT MRS JENIFFER MCUBEDI (A WIDOW) FROM ANGOLA
EAST AFRICA, SHE HAS THIRTY TWO MILLION UNITED STATES
DOLLARS ($32,000,000) ONLY.

SHE WISHES TO INVEST IN A SUITABLE BUSINESS VANTURE (GOOD
ECONOMY) HER INTEREST IS IN COMPANIES WITH POTENTIALS FOR
RAPID GROWTH IN LONG TERMS.

MY CLIENT MRS JENIFFER IS INTERESTED IN PLACING HER FUND IN
YOUR COMPANY IF YOUR COUNTRY CODE OF LAW ALLOWS FOREIGN
INVESMENT INTO YOUR COUNTRY.

SHE AGREED AND WILLING TO OFFER YOU 35% OF THE TOTAL SUM
ONCE YOU ACCEPT TO HELP HER TO INVEST PART OF HER OWN 65%
IN YOUR COUNTRY WHERE HER PEACEFUL RE-LOCATION TO A QUIET
AND SERENE PART OF YOUR COUNTRY WHERE SHE CAN START A NEW
PROSPEROUS LIFE.

YOU ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY VIA MY
DIRECT LINE FOR MORE DETAILS.

THANKING YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

YOURS FAITHFULLY.

DAVID MORRIS.




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