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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: "Miss nanacy Koruma" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 09:50:25 +0100
Subject: HELLO

from Miss nancykoruma
Good day:
You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you don’t know me in person but for the purpose of introduction, I am Miss Nancy
Koruma, the daughter of late MR. Amanda Koruma who was murdered in land dispute in Zimbabwe.
Your contact was giving to me at the senegal EXCHANGE NETWORK ON LINE here in dakar as reliable and trustworthy to deal with then I decided to write you. My late father was among the few black Zimbabwe rich farmers murdered in cold blooded by the agent of the ruling government of PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwe opposition party.
Before the death of my father, he took me to, senegal to deposit the sum of EIGHTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS (US$18,500,000.00) with the security and finance company, as if he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as a gemstone to avoid much demurrage from the security firm. This money was earmark for the purpose of new machinery and chemical; for the farm and the establishment of new farm in Lesotho and Swaziland
This land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduce a new land act, which wholly affected the white rich farmers and some few black vehemently condemned the “MODUS OPERANDI” adopted by the government. This resulted to rampant killing and mob action. I and my family who are currently staying in senegal as a refugee seeker has decided to transfer this money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am face with dilemma of investing this money to South Africa of fear of encountering the same
Experience in future since both of countries have the same political history. Moreover, the senegal monetary policy/laws does not allow such investment; hence I am seeking for a asylum or refugee.
I must let you know that this business is 100% risk free and the nuture of your business does not necessary matter. So if you are willing to assist us, I and my family have agreed to give you 20% of the total money, 40% will be for joint business venture, and another 35%will be for me and my family which we shall also invest in your country and the remaining 5% will be mapped out for all expenses we may incur during the transaction.
Therefor, if you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance endeavor to reply to my email address. I also need your private phone and fax number for easy communication. Remember that this is highly confidential and the success of these depends on how secret it is kept.
Remain Blessed.
Miss nanacy Koruma

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