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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: Roseline Palmer <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:58:00 +0200



My Dear,
You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you don't know me in person, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MRS. ROSELINE PALMER, the WIFE of late MR.DAVID PALMER, who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE. Your contact was given to me at the SOUTH AFRICA EXCHANGE NETWORK ON LINE here in Johannesburg as reliable and trustworthy to deal with, then I decided to write you. My late Husband was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agents of the ruling government party (ZANUP) of president ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party which we communicated to the whole world through BBC AND CNN.

Before the death of my Husband, he took me to SOUTH AFRICA with my Son PHILLIP to deposit the sum of Ten Million and five hundred United States Dollars ($10.5M) with a security and finance company, as if he knew the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as a gem or precious stone to avoid much demurrage from the security firm. This money was earmarked for the purchase of new machineries,equipments and chemicals for the farms expansion and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.

This land dispute arose when our Dictator president of Zimbabwe,MR. ROBERT MUGABE introduced a New Land Reform Act. which wholly affected the white rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government. This resulted to rampant killing and mob actions. I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa as a refugees or an asylum seeker have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have the same political history. Moreover, the South African monetary policy/law does not allow such investment hence, I am seeking for an asylum or refugee. I must let you know that this business is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessary matter.So if you are willing to assist us,I and my family have agreed to give you 25% of the total money, 70% will be for me and my family which we shall also invest in your country and the remaining 5% will be mapped out for all expenses we shall incure during the cause of transfering the money to your account overseas.

Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance, endeavour to reply through my son's email address: I also need your private phone and fax number for easy communication. Remember that this is highly confidential and the success of this business depends on how secret it is kept.

Expecting your reply soonest.

Best Regard.
MRS.ROSELINE PALMER.( FOR THE FAMILY) Waiting for your prompt and positive response.Please read about problems in Zimbabwe from the link below.
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