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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: marcus gamba <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:41:05 +0000

Dearest one,

It's my pleasure for writing you this letter, hope you are fine? I want to use this opportunity to introduce myself well to you, I am Marcus Gamba the son of a late chief Jonas Gamba of Zimbabwe, I call you in respect of my consignment box in USA, which I want you to assist me and stand as my foreign beneficiary to receive my fund over there in USA, this fund am writing you about is $23.5million U.S.Dollars which my late father deposited under Security and shipping company for I and my mother, this consignment has been in USA for the pass three days now, My father foreign partner Mrs Juliet Lerman who was suppose to receive this consignment in USA, was demanding for 50% which I and my mother did not agree on for any reason, that was why we have to stop the delivery to her immediately, and search for another Beneficiary who can help us on this, through my searching I got your contact from the Ministry of Chambers and Commerce, that is why I am contacting you to assist us on this.

I will give you 20% from the total fund involve for your assistance, because that was the former agreement we had with our foreign partner, Mrs Juliet Lerman before she later change her mind because of his greed that is why i and my mother put a stop to the delivery to her,please if you are willing to help me, please kindly get back to me as soon as you receive this mail for more details.

Thanks and God Bless.

Yours Sincerely

Marcus Gamba

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