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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: "steph moyo_6" <stephmoyo_6@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:13:13 +0200
Subject: INVESTMENT PROPOSAL

FROM STEPH MOYO
NO 48 ORANDE DROOVE
JOHNNASBURG SOUTH AFRICA
TEL: 27- 73-563-8619



ATTN:


INVESTMENT PROPOSAL

I AM MR. STEPH MOYO,from SIERRA LEONEAN AND SON Of THE LATE CAPTAIN FODAY
NASINGA MOYO OFFICER IN CHARGE OF PURCHASING ARMS AND AMMUNITIONS FOR THE
REVOLUTIONARY UNITED FRONT (RUF) THAT WAS FIGHTING TO UNSEAT THE ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE MR. TEJAN KABBAH. MY LATE FATHER WAS AMONG THE
ARMS OFFICERS WHO DIED IN DETAINTION AS A RESULT OF HIS ROLE IN THE
GOVERNMENT OF MAJOR JOHNY PAUL KOROMAH WHO WAS THE (RUF) LEADER IN SIERRA
LEONE BUT NOW IN EXILE
FOLLOWING THE FALL OF HIS GOVERNMENT.

BEFORE MY FATHER'S EXECUTION WHILE IN DETAINTION, MY MOTHER AND I WERE
INVITED TO MEET WITH HIM. IT WAS DURING THIS UGLY MOMENT THAT HE REVEALED TO
ME THAT HE
HAS THE SUM OF US$19M (NINETEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) IN PACKS
OF US$100 BILLS DEPOSITED IN A SECURITY FIRM IN SOUTH AFRICA IN HIS PERSONAL
NAMES.
THE MONEY WAS MEANT FOR THE PURCHASE OF ARMS AND AMMUNITION FOR THE (RUF)BUT
DUE TO LACK OF BANKING FACILITIES IN TIAMA WHERE THEY HAD THEIR MILITARY
BASE
AND THE ENCROACHMENT OF THE WEST AFRICAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY MONITORY GROUP
(ECOMOG), SO MY FATHER HAD TO LIFT THE MONEY IN A LARGE TRUCK BOX TO SOUTH
AFRICA TO ENABLE THEM CONCLUDE THE LOGISTICS FOR THE PURCHASE.

MY MOTHER LATE MRS. PATRICIA MMA MOYO DIED WITH MY ONLY SISTER IN A
BOMBSHELL WHILE PRAYING IN A CHURCH IN OUR SUBURBS 15 DAYS AFTER MY FATHER
WAS EXECUTED. I
HAD TO LEAVE SIERRA LEONE WITH MY YOUNG BROTHER (JOHN) TO SOUTH AFRICA, AND
I HAVE SINCE MY ARRIVAL HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA CONTACTED THE SECURITY COMPANY
AND TRANSFERRED THE DEPOSITS FROM MY FATHER'S NAME TO MY OWN NAME.
MY INTENTION
AFTER A CAREFUL STUDY OF YOUR BUSINESS OUTFIT THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN
INFORMATION EXCHANGE SALES HERE. I MUST HAVE TO COMMEND YOU FOR THE WEALTH
OF EXPERIENCE YOU
HAVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS IN DIVERSE FIELD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT. I
AM THEREFORE LEFT WITH NO DOUBT THAT ONE IS GOING TO ENJOY A HAPPY AND
FRUITFUL
WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU CONSIDERING YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERTISE. AND
SEQUEL TO

THE ABOVE, I INTED AND REQUEST AS FOLLOWING:-
1. TO INVEST THE ENTIRE US$19M WITH YOUR ESTABLISHMENT
2. THIS CAPITAL INVESTMENT OF US$19M SHOULD BE FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5)
YEARS
3. THAT MY BROTHER AND I HAVE RIGHT TO RETRIEVE THE PLACEMENT AFTER A PERIOD
OF FIVE (5) YEARS OR WITHDRAW THE PLACEMENT IN FULL.
4. THE PROFIT OF THIS INVESTMENT OVER THE FIVE (5) YEARS SHOULD BE SHARED
60% TO US AND 40% TO YOU.
5. THIS INVESTMENT MUST BE MADE OUTSIDE AFRICA AND MUST BE UNDER INSURANCE
COVER AND IN THE VIEW OF THE ABOVE, I HAVE DRAFTED SUITABLE MUTUAL
AGREEMENT, WHICH WILL BE FAXED TO TOUR REVIEW AND COMMENTS.

YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON THE ABOVE PHONE NUMBERS. AND PLEASE DO KEEP ALL
DETAILS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND DUE CONSIDERATION.

BEST REGARDS,

STEPH MOYO

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