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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: "janet_mb12" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 23:37:27 -0800
Subject: Form Miss Janet Mbongo

Miss Janet Mbongo
33 westly street,
Johannesburg South Africa

With sincerity of purpose I crave your assistance following
satisfactory profile of yours I got, while flipping through
your details.

I am Miss. JANET MBONGO a forty-eight (48) years old wife to
the late Mr. PATRICK MBONGO who died in the on going land
dispute in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, before the death of my
husband he had taken me to South Africa to deposit the sum
of ($23 Million US Dollar) in a private security company as
if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was
deposited as Gem stones to avoid much demurrage from the
security Company, the money was meant for the purchase of
new machines and chemical for the farmers, also for the
establishment of new farm in Swaziland.

The land problem came when the incumbent president, Mr.
Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act which affected the
rich white farmers and few black farmers. This resulted in
the killing and mob action by the Zimbabweans and war
veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact a lot of
people lost their lives because of this land reform act of
which my husband was one of the victims.

If you are conversant with world news you will perhaps
understand better. It is against this background that I and
my family who are currently staying in South Africa have
decided to transfer My late husbands money to a foreign
account. Since the law of South Africa prohibits a refugee
(asylum seeker) to operate a bank account or to involve in
any financial transaction, I am now saddled with the
responsibility of a genuine foreign account in to which this
money can be transferred without the knowledge of my home
government who are bent on taking everything that my late
husband left for us.

At the moment I am faced with the dilemma of investing this
amount of money in South Africa for fear of going through
the same experience again since both countries have the same
political history. I am soliciting your willingness to help
me explore possible area I can invest my money in your
country. This urgent demand is also borne out of the extreme
extend family dehumanisation meted out to my immediate
family; a system of absolute tradition. I would equally
appreciate your willingness to help me relocate my immediate
family of two to your country where I will invest the money.
The cash ($ 23 million US Dollars) meant for the projects
are under my custody.

I will therefore appreciate if we can meet in South Africa
for a memorandum of understanding. However owing to the
traumatic experience which has resulted to my illness, my
first son Fortune Mbongo of 28 years old will also
communicate with you through my e-mail address and phone. We
are willing to offer you 30% percent of the total fund to
pay you for your humble assistance in making the propose
transaction a success, 5% percent is for any expenses that
might be incured in course of this transaction and
65%percent is for me and my family for future investment in
your country, after the consignment is released from
storage. If you are ready to assist us please contact me
through the above mentioned contact numbers.If you however
chose not to assist us, my family and I trust that you keep
our communication to you strictly confidential. Your coming
down here is guaranteed. As honesty, trustworthiness and
confidentiality being our watchword.

Thanks for your anticipated cooperation, and remain blessed.

Yours truly

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