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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: monica martins <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 12:32:55 +0000
Subject: very urgent


ATTN: Dear Sir /Madam,


You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. I am MRS MONICA MARTINS , the WIFE OF MARK MARTINS, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through network online hence decided to write to you. Before the death of my HUSHAND, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of USD$5 Million , in one of the private security companies, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
This money was deposited in a box as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from the security company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishment of a new farm in Swaziland. But now i have settle with the security company here in south africa, and the money is ready now to transfer to your account hence i have settle with the dumurages which my late husband was owning for save keeping.
This land problem came when Zimbabwe President MR. ROBERT MAGABE introduced a New Land Act reform, which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers. This resulted to killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reform act for which my Husband was one of the victims. It is against this back ground that my family and I who are currently staying in South Africa decided to transfer my Husband money to a foreign Country since the law of South Africa prohibits refugees to open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zones of South Africa.
As the Wife, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred into without the knowledge of my government who are bent on my family. I must also let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free. If you accept to assist me and my family, all I want from you is for you to make an arrangements and come to Johannesburg, South Africa, but if you can not come to south africa fine, i will tell you other alternative for you to receive this money to your account.
This money I intend to use for investment and growth in your country. I have two options, firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction, or you can go into partnership with me for proper profitable investment of the money in your country. Whichever the option you want, feel free to notify me. I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses we might incur in the process of this transaction.
If you do not prefer a partnership, I am willing to give you 25% of the total money while remaining 70% will remain for my family and I. If you are really capable and willing to assist me, please contact immediately with my telephone telephone number or my alternative email address ( or { }with which I have sent you this message.
Finally, please treat this matter as urgent as possible. I am in dire need to leave this country soonest.
Thanks for your mutual co-operation. Do send me your private telephone and fax number for easy communication

I expect your soonest response.
Kind regards,
Mrs Monica Martins

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