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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:

From: "mamphoka williams" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 13:57:12 +0200


My name is Mrs Mamphoka Williams the wife of late Mr. PEDRO Williams of
Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you about how I got your contact
address. I got your contact address through Network on line in my search for
a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction
which involves a transfer of fund to a foreign account and I decided to
write you.

During the current war against the rich white farmers in Zimbabwe,From the
supports of our president Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned Farms
to his own party members and his followers, he ordered all the white Farmers
in Zimbabwe to surrender all their farms to his party members and his

My late husband is one of the best farmers in our country, and because he
did not support Mugabe's idea, Mugabe's supporters invaded my husband's
Farmland and burnt everything in the farmland, killing my husband and made
away with all the things in his farmland.

Before his death, my late husband had deposited with one of the Security
Company in Johannesburg South Africa, the sum of $US25million (Twenty Five
Million United States dollars). then after the death of my husband, my
family decided to move to South Africa where my husband had deposited the

So I decided to contact an overseas partner that will assist me and my only
son to move this money out of South Africa because as an asylum Seeker In
South Africa, I cannot operate any account. We have agreed to offer you 20%
of the total sum for your assistance, 10% has been mapped out for expenses
and 70% for my family.

So Please, if you think you can be of any assistance to me and my family,
Kindly furnish me with your private fax and mobile phone numbers for easy
and smooth Communication with each other.And please I and my family will
like to know more about you and your family.

You can contact me directly on my phone number +27 72 527 55 46 for More
details and clearifications.
Thanks and God bless you.

Mrs Mamphoka Williams.
(For the family)

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