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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: "Mr. Morgan Smith" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 14:05:52 +0400
Subject: Requesting For Your Assistance

From Mr. Morgan Smith
Kumani Estates (Pvt) Ltd <>
18th June 2006.
Dear Sir,
I was given your contact address in the chamber of commerce and industry here in Dubai while sorting for a reliable contact to assist me and our family in this
I know you will be surprise to read from me, but please consider this
letter as a request from a family in dare need of assistance. I am
Morgan smith, the only son of late Mr Bernard Smith of Zimbabwe,
presently residing in Dubai.
On behalf of my widowed mother Mrs. Glory Smith, I decided to
solicit for your assistance to move the sum of $20.5million Dollars
(Twenty million five hundred thousand United States Dollars)
inherited from my late father to your country for an onward investment
under your kind control.
My father was killed during the current war against farmers in Zimbabwe
from the support of our present HEAD OF STATES President ROBERT MUGABE to claim all the white owned farms to his NPF PARTY MEMBERS.
He ordered all the white farmers to surrender all their farms to his party members and followers.
My father was the owner of Kumani Estates (PVT) Ltd one of the best farms in our country and because he did not support Mugabes` ideas, Mugabes supporters invaded my fathers farms and burnt down every thing in the farm, killed my father and made away with a lot of items in my fathers farm. Before my fathers death, he had deposited with one of the security and finance companies in Abidjan Ivory Coast the sum of US$20.5 million (Twenty million five hundred thousand United States Dollars). After the death of my father, I and my mother move to Abidjan Ivory Coast where my late dad had deposited the money with Security Company as valuables. Before my mother asked me to come over to Dubai in search of a reputable person to assist us.
We decided to contact an oversea firm or company that can assist
us move this money out of Abidjan Ivory Coast, because my family is afraid of operating any bank account for now, since the present govt in my country is still after my father's remaining properties. According to the families wish,
We have agreed to offer you 20% of total sum for your assistance, 5%
has been mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of
this transaction and 75% will be for me and my family to invest in your country.
From the above you will understand that the lives and future of my
family depends on this money. as such I will be very happy if you can
assist us, now all I want from you is to furnish me with your personal
telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.
Thanks and God bless.
Best regards,
Morgan Smith.

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