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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: alex savimbi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 21:17:37 +0100

From Mr. Alex Savimbi,
Johannesburg South Africa


Good day to you. This mail for sure will be a surprise to you because it is coming from a stanger, but never the less it is going to be of immence benefit to you. I saw your contact address at the chambers book of commerce, here in South Africa and I feel you will be capable in this business venture. I write this with utmost humility, trust and confidence. However, it is my pleasure appealing for your assistance at this point in time. My name is Mr.Alex Savimbi the eldest son of the second wife to the late rebel leader in Angola, Mr. Jonas Savimbi of blessed memory. My father has been the cause of the civil war in my country since 1975. The government of Angola wanted him dead all these years. Now he is dead. Before he died, he kept some amount of money in a trunk box and he kept it in a private security company in South Africa for safe keeping. The real content of the box was not disclosed to the Security Company. The total amount of money he kept there was USD$18.6M [Eighteen Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars}. And he instructed me that in the event of his death that I should judiciosly utilise the money in a profitable business for the upkeep of the family. Since the death of my father, government agents has been consistently threatening our lives, we therefore decided to leave Angola for South Africa. Presently we are seeking asylum here in South Africa. Because of our refugee status, we are unable to operate a bank account above $2,000.00. In this business venture 25% of the total money will be yours ,5% will be set out for all unforeseen expences and the remaining 70% will be for my family and I. Are you willing to help me to transfer this money into your country through your account? If you are please reply me immediately using my contact e-mail address above. I want to invest this money in a profitable business after the transfer.
It is absolutely a confidential transaction. What we need from you is your consent. All documents regarding the money and the Security Company are intact. This is a call from a family that is in dare need of assistance. I will be very appreciative if you can return to me with urgent dispatch to enable me advise you on the modalities.

Please on your reply i will like you send me your mobile phone number for easy comnication.

I await in anticipation to receive your immediate response.

Best Regards,

Mr Alex Savimbi. [For The Family]
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