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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: Mary Yengeni <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 00:05:45 +0000

From lady T.Yengeni,WESSELSBRON-south African
Dear Friend,My name is Mary Yengeni a south African Parliamentarian Wife. I got your Contact through a personal research .I am the Wife to Mr. Tony Yengeni . Mr Yengeni was the chairman of parliament's in south Africa and the former chief whip of the ruling political party ANC. My Husband (MR. T. YENGENI), as a result of trust and Confidence has mandated that I search for a Reliable and trust worthy foreign partner,who Will help receive some funds, which we have in cash Totalling of(fifteen Million United States Dollars) into a personal,company or any Reliable foreign bank account for safe keeping and investment.Since our family bank accounts Within and outside the country have all been Frozen by the authorities. You can check the follwing web-sites about my husband and i and about the latest developement about our family.1) we have managed to push the money to West- Africa ( Ghana ) and it is presently in Ghana through a diplomatic means which was only the means the money could leaves South Africa . The total sum will be shared as follows:25% for you , 70% For my family , and the remaining 5% will be used for the reimbursement of all the expenses we incurre in the process of this transaction.In this regard,i will advice you to contact my Son that is in refugees camp in Ghana, He will give you further details on the way forward, and necessary surpport. Name Richard .Sam.Yengeni.E-mail address camp Ghana R/M 47, Block 10 Endeavor to keep this business strictly confidential because of South African Goverment.I will be most grateful if you can assist us in this transaction.Awaiting your urgent reply asap. ThanksMary Yengeni. Mrs(For The Family)
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