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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: "johnson muzanga" <johnson22@imtv.com.br>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 10:57:11 -0300
Subject: FROM JOHNSON AND GRACE MUZANGA


FROM JOHNSON AND GRACE MUZANGA
C/o KING OF KING EVANGELICAL CHURCH MINISTRY.
373 SPRINGFILD ROAD CHEMSFORD ESSEX CM 45 AW,
LONDON UK.
Please kindly reply with this email
address<johnosongrace@hotmail.com>
Our name is johnson and Grace muzanga we are the children
of Late General Benson Muzanga, the former Director of
military intelligence and special acting General Manager
of the Sierra Leone Diamond mining cooperation(SLDMC). I
am
contacting you to seek your good assistance to transfer
and invest 6 million pounds belonging to my late father
which is deposited in a bank in London UK. This money is
revenues from solid minerals and diamonds sale which were
under my fathers possession before the civil war broke
out.
Following the break out of the war, almost all government
offices, operations and prostates were attacked and
vandalized. The SLDMC was looted and burnt down to ashes,
and diamonds worth millions of dollars was stolen by the
rebel military forces who attacked my fathers office.
Many top government officials and senior army officers
were
assassinated and my father was a key target because of his
very sensitive military position and appointment in the
SLDMC. Regrettably, my father was captured and murdered
along with half brother in cool blood during a mid-night
rebel shoot-out when our official residence in Freetown
was
ambushed by Fordey Sanko the notorious rebel leader.
My mother sustained very sever bullet injuries which
resulted to her untimely and painful death in a private
hospital here in London UK.
Now we are alone in a totally strange country without
parents, relatives or any body to care for us at our
tender
ages.
Before our mother died, she told us that our father
deposited some money which he made from diamond sales and
contracts at this bank here in London
UK and that we should pray and find a trustworthy foreign
business partner who would help us to transfer and invest
this money in profitable business venture overseas.
She told us to do this quickly so that we can leave London
with our cousin brother-Arthur who is here in the camp
with us and, then settle down abroad.
She gave us the bank document to prove the deposit and
then
told us that my father used my name as the only son to
deposit the money in the bank.
She told us that this is the reason why we came to London.
My mother died afterwards. May her spirit rest in perfect
peace I have gone to the bank to make inquires about this
money and I spoke with the Manager of International
remittance who assured me that everything is intact and
promised to help me transfer this money to my foreign
partners bank account as soon as we are ready and I
provide
my partners foreign bank account for them.
But the manager is very concerned because of my age. I am
17 years and as such advised that I should look for a
matured person that will represent me at the bank.
If you are willing to assist us, please let us know
immediately so that you will arrange the transfer of the
money to your account with the bank.
Please note that I can only offer you 15% of the total
money as compensation for your noble assistance in
accordance with my mothers advise. I am interested in any
profitable commercial venture which you consider very good
in your country and you would also get a school for me, my
little sister and cousin so that we can finish our college
education. I am hoping to hear your urgent response so
that I can not look for another foreign partner.
Thank you and may God bless you and your dear family.
Please kindly reply with this email
address<johnosongrace@hotmail.com>

Yours sincerely.
johnson and Grace muzanga

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