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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:

Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 04:06:45 +0000

Hello Dear ,   


This mail may come to you as a surprise base on the fact that, we have not met. I got your contact from a directory in search for a reliable personality that could understand our situation to help us.
I am a Zimbabwean citizen presently taking refugee in GHANA. Due to crises in my country coupled with the assassination of my late father MR. DESMOND ZHANGA who was killed by PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE war Veteran association who are calling for the white collection of farm land from all white settlers which is wrong.
My father due to his stand over these issues fell out with the ruling Party of PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE and was eventually murdered.  Now my mother and I had fled from our Country to find refuge here in GHANA. Before the death of my father, he was a major dealer of Diamond and Merchandise. He secretly moved these funds acquired from various sales in a trunk-box and deposited it in a security deposit company in Ghana.


But at the time of deposit he told the security company that it is family valuables that are contained in the box. The total amount contained in the box is $20.7M USD. We need a trust worthy and experience person that will help us to invest this money in his country and take us as one family and will also buy a house for us over there where we can live safely.
We are prepared to give you 20% of the money for your assistance. And also 5% of this money will be set aside for expenses that may encoure during the claim of this fund. Please I want you to know that when my father heard of the plot by ROBERT MUGABE to kill him, he handed my mother over the deposit certificate of this fund and other vital info that is necessary and also instructed the security company in Ghana to move the box containing the money to LONDON by DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE. But unfortunately my father could not escape out of ZIMBABWE, he was eventually killed, thus he could not claim fund.
The box of  money is presently in LONDON  under the care of the DIPLOMAT that moved  it to LONDON, KEPT IN the  finance securit company in London BONDED WARE HOUSE, but the DIPLOMAT or  the CUSTOMS donít know that it is money that is in the box. I am presently in the REFUGEE CAMP in GHANA with my mother. We are expecting to hear from you. Waiting you for your anticipated cooperation.

Please in your reply include your cell phone number and fax number. PLEASE WE NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.

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