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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: "Hassan Musa" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 05:43:31 +0200
Subject: SIR,

*From: Mr. Hassan Brim Musa
Sir, *

*Don't be surprised to receive this letter from me since you don't know me
in person. I am Mr. Hassan Musa from Zimbabwe the first Son of Mr. Brim Musa
who was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe by the agents of the ruling
government of President ROBERT MUGABE, you must have heard his alleged
support and sympathy for the opposition MDC PARTY led by Mr. Morgan former
Zimbabwe Labor Union Leader *

My Father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold
blood by the war veterans backed by the government. Before the death of my
Father, he deposited the sum of US$21M (Twenty One Million United State
Dollars) with one of the security companies in South Africa, as if he knew
the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as a gem and
precious stones to avoid much attraction & demurrage from the security firm.
The money was earmarked for the purchase of new lands and machineries for
the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland before the regretted

This Land problem arose in 2000 when President Robert Mugabe introduced a
new land act reform policies, which wholly affected the white farmers and
some few black farmers. This resulted to rampart killing and Mob actions
that took the life of my father and others.
After the death of my father, I and my mother left for South Africa, to seek
for Asylum, which have not been beneficial to us; I 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 background, coupled with the recent xenophobia attacks to
foreigners. *

I am contacting you to see if you will be able to assist and help me
transfer this money to your Country. I and my family has agreed to give you
15% of the money, 5% will be mapped out for all expenses that may be
incurred during the transfer and 80% will be for me to investment in your
Therefore if you are willing and interested to render this humanly needed
assistance, please contact me back through my email*

*Or through my mother's, with all your detailed
information. Remember, this is highly confidential and the success of this
business depends on how secret it is kept.
Expecting your reply soonest.

Best regards,
Mr. Hassan Brim Musa
(For the family)***

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