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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: "MONICA MALANI" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 15:46:38 +0200

Mrs Monica Malani,
58 Maria street,
fountainbleau squarter camp,

ATTN: My name is Mrs Monica Malani, the first wife of Mr. David Malani of Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address. I got your address from the South African Chamber of Commerce through internet in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all their farms to his party members and his followers.

My Husband is one of the best farmers in our country, and the President to the Famers associations in Zimbabuwe. And because he did not support Mugabe's ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded my Husband farm and burnt everything in the farm,and killed my Husband and made away with a lot of items in my Husbands farm. Before his death, my Husband had deposited with one of the Security Company in Johannesburg, South Africa the sum of US$ 18.5 Million Dollars(Eighteen million five hundred Thousand united state Dollars).
After the death of my Husband, we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where he had deposited the money in the Security Company as a family valuables. So I decided to contact overseas firm and companies that will assist me to move this money out of South Africa because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank account within South Africa, even to do any business is not allowed.

We have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum for your assistance, 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction and 65% will be for me and my family to invest in you country. All I want you to do is to furnish me with your direct phone and fax numbers for easy communication. your home and work address, and any form of your identification, like drivers licence or photocopy of your international passport.
Note that this transaction is legit, and 100% risk-free and it requiers, absolutely confidential.You can contact me through my son Joseph with His direct number+ 27-73-153-6545.

Mrs Monica Malani.

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