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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Dominic Frank" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 16:49:59 +0000

Your Attention Please

With due respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal, which I
believe would be of great interest to you. I find your contact while doing a
private research on the Internet for a reliable partner that will assist me
on a humanitarian and financial bases. I am Frank Robinson an orphan ,the
son of Late Mr and Mrs. Dominic Robinson,my father was one of the black
farmers in my country Zimbabwe who was the "Chairman" of the farmer's
co-operation in Zimbabwe also a Share Holder of some companies in Zimbabwe.

My Father was among the few blacks that were murdered in cold blood by the
President Robert Mugabe Administration during the land dispute that Happened
in Zimbabwe. After the death of my Father which lead to the death of my
mother who was hyper tent patient I and my sister Ceroma decided to move out
of ZIMBABWE because our lives were in danger . Presently I and my sister are
here in South Africa as Refugee (Asylum Seekers).

Before the crisis in Zimbabwe which lead to the death of my beloved father
he told that he successfully moved out the sum of US$18.5 Million out of
Zimbabwe to Europe and deposited this money in cash with a security company
in a diplomatic trunk box and it was declared to the security company as
family valuables which my name as his first son was used as his next of kin
inline with the documentation with me that was issued to my late father by
the security company as at the time of the deposit of the trunk box , This
money was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms
and establishment of new farms in Swaziland.

I am honourably seeking for your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To assist me to clear this fund from the Security Company and transfer
it to your account successfully for investment. To make arrangement for us
to come over to your country to further our Education and to secure a
residential permit in your country.

We are ready to compensate you with 30% of the total fund for accepting to
assist us, and 5% for any expense that may come our way in prossing of this me with your private phone number and identification when
indicating your interest, on receiving of your acceptance, I shall be glad
to give you more clarification on the modalities needed for smooth
successful completion of this transaction.

I anticipate your quick response.

Best regard.
Frank Robinson

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