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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: Tue, 01 May 2007 11:15:11 -0800
Subject: RE:Mrs. kim Anderson

From: Mrs. kim Anderson
12 Oak Avenue Sandton
Johannesburg South Africa
FAX- 0866097683

I am Mrs. kim Anderson, first wife of Engineer Solomon Anderson, of Bulawayo-Zimbabwe. This is my 28 years of marriage with Late Mr. Solomon, where my only son and I are now resident in South Africa as Asylum seeker (REFUGEE). I got your contact on the net while my search for a credible and reliable source to help me. With your contact profile, I hope that you can take care of the amount involved. I have some huge amount of money, which I inherited from my dead husband a few months ago.
My husband’s tragedy occurred when the Zimbabwean government took our farm from us. My husband was murdered in Zimbabwean and I am the only one left among his two wives, so I am willing to leave South Africa for any place abroad. My fund is presently deposited with a Security Company without disclosing the contents of the box to the Security Firm, and I would like you to help me transfer this money overseas pending investment. The amount deposited is (Eighteen Million United States Dollars) US$18.
In consideration of your assistance, I and my son have agreed to offer you, upon acceptance to this proposal 20% of the total sum and 10% has mapped out to cover all sundry expenses both parties might incur, locally or internationally, during the course of this transaction. and the remaining 70% will be for me and my only son for our life investment in your country.
I will relate to you my son’s particulars upon the receipt of your approval for more information and feel free to ask questions you consider relevant. The confidentiality of this proposal will be highly appreciated.

Thanks and God Bless.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. kim Anderson.
You can contact Me on this Number: +.27-735279663.
Waiting for your prompt and positive response.

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