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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: "FROM.MRS.REBECA.BELO" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 20:14:25 +0400


My name is as above stated, the wife of Mr. Daniel Belo from the
republic of Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise to you where i got your
contact address. I got your contact from the South Africa Chamber of
Commerce in Johannesburg. During the current war against the farmers in
Zimbabwe from the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe, in his effort
chase all the white farmers out of the country, he ordered all the
white farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and his
My husband, was one of the best and successful farmers in our country
and formerly the Finance Minister of Robert Mugabe administration, but
he did not support the idea of dispossessing the white farmers of their
and. Because of this, his farm was invaded and burnt by government
supporters. In the course of this shock, my husband died, and the invaders
made away with a lot of items from my husband's farm.
And our family house was utterly destroyed. My husband died out of
heart attack. He drew my attention to the sum of US$15.5 MILLION, Which he
deposited with a security company in South Africa during his tenure as
the Finance Minister of Zimbabwe. My son and I decided to move out of
Zimbabwe for our own security, because our lives were in danger. We
decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where my husband deposited
this money. Till date, the security company is not aware of the content
of the consignment because my husband used his diplomatic immunity as
at that time to deposit the consignment as important personal valuables.
I decided to have contact with overseas person/firm who will assist me
to move the money out of South Africa. This becomes necessary because
as political asylum seekers, we are not allowed to own or operate a bank
account. If you accept this proposal, you shall receive 25% of the
entire amount for assisting us to move this money out, 70% of this amount
shall be for us, and the remaining 5% shall be mapped out for expenses
incurred in the course of the transaction. I want you to immediately
confirm your interest in the project contact me. As soon as I get your
response, I will give you more details on how we can proceed. Thanks for
your anticipated cooperation. Urgent response waited.
Best regards,

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