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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: Halbert J.Delmar <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:01:14 +0100
Subject: Urgent Message

Request For Assistance.

You may be surprise to receive this letter from me, since you don't know me
personally, I got your contact from the Nigeria internet directory chambers through my quest for a
reliable person to confide with, I am Halbert Juma Delmar the first son of Joseph Erasto Delmar who was
recently murdered in a land dispute in Zimbabwe.

I am writing this letter to request your assistance and confidentiality to handle a transfer of fund into a
Foreign Country and I decided to write you,my late father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich
farmers murdered in cold blood by the agents of the ruling Government of President Robert Mugabe, for
his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition party controlled by the white minority.
Before my fathers death, he has taken his fund to Europe and deposited the sum of Thirty six Million
United State Dollars ($36million)with a Security and Finance Company as if he foreseen the looming
danger in Zimbabwe. This money was allocated for the purchase of new Machinery and chemical
products for Agro allied farm and for the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.

These land problems arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act that wholly
affected the rich white farmers, and the blacks vehemently condemned the "modsoperandi" adopted by
the government. This resulted to rampant Killings and mob action by the war veterans and some political
thugs,precisely more than three thousands(3,000)people have so far been killed.Heads of government
from the west, especially Britain and United States have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe's plans.
Subsequently, South Africa Development Community (S.A.D.C) has continuously supported Mugabe's
new land act, it is against this background that my entire family who are currently residing in South Africa
have decided to transfer my father's money into a foreign Country.

As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign partner
where this money could be transferred to without the knowledge of my government who are tactically
freezing our family's wealth and South Africa government seem to be playing along with them. I am faced
with the dilemma of investing this money in South Africa for the fear of encountering the same experience
in the future,since both countries have the same political history.

More so, The South Africa Foreign Exchange policy does not allow such investment, Hence I am
seeking for political asylum in Nigeria from where i am presently communicating with you this message
now. As a business person, I wannts to entrust my future and that of my family into your hands, I
must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not
necessarily matter.

For your assistance,we are offering you 15% of the sum, 80% for me and my family, while 5% will be
mapped out for any expenses that we may incurred during this transaction.We wish to invest our money
on commercial properties based on your advice.Finally, I will demand for a total assurance and sincerity
on your part when the fund gets to you in your country.

If this proposal is accepted by you, please confirm by you sending me an email on my safe and more
secure email address at ( You can also call my private number at
002348060476018 for further discussions.

Please also includes your telephone number for mutual contacts and discurssions.

Thanks and God bless you. Awaiting your urgent response.

Sincerely ,
Halbert Juma Delmar.

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