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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 07:40:07 +0200
Subject: for refugee calmp

From: Mr.thambe mark.
Johaneesburg South Africa;

Attn: Dear ,

With all due respect, My name is Mr.thambe mark, the elder son of Mr.
mayo, of Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you about where I got
contact address. I got your address from the South African Chamber of
Commerce here in Johannesburg, South Africa.

During the current war against the farmers in my country Zimbabwe from
supports of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned
to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to
surrender all their farms to his party members and his followers.

My father is one of the best farmers in our country and because he did
support Mugabe's ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm
burnt everything in the farm, Killed my Father and made away with a lot
items in my father's farm.

Before the death of my father, he had deposited with one of the
Company in Johannesburg, South Africa the sum of US$8,000,000.00 (Eight
Million United States Dollars), with my name. Then after the death of
father, we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where he had
deposited the money in the Security Company as valuables.

So, I decided to contact you to assist me to move this money out of
Africa because as Asylum Seekers (REFUGEE) we are not allowed to
operate any
Bank Account or to do Investment within the Republic South Africa.

We have agreed to give you 25% of the total money for your assistance,
will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course
this transaction and 70% will be for me and my family investment in

So please if you are interested to help me move this money out of South
Africa, you required to Come Down here in Johannesburg South Africa for
to meet and know each other more better and discuss on how to transfer
the total money into your bank account in your country for the

Finally, all I want you to do is to furnish me with your Private Mobile
Phone and Fax Number for easy communication in this transaction. Also
try to contact me on the above Telephone immediately you receive this
for more information in this transaction, and note that this
transaction is
100% Risk Free and absolutely confidential

Thanks and may the Almighty God bless you and your family.

Best Regards,

Mr.thambe mark.
{for and on behalf of my family}

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