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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: "Mrs Angela Campbell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:32:31 +0100
Subject: Please Your Response Is Very Important For Me

Dear Sir

I am Mrs Angela Campbell from Chegutu, Zimbabwe wife of late Mr Mike Campbell a well known farmer
who died of injuries sustained when he was beating up by the President Robert Mugabe's tugs as he was
fight for the right of all White Race Zimbabwe Citizens. You can read more about our story here on this

Again the seizure of all my late husband life time investment in Zimbabwe which include our farm ( Mount
Carmel)and money in various bank accounts by President Robert Mugabe, has made life very difficult for
us and no day passes without us receiving a death treath coming from President Mugabe's allied and this
has made us to vacate our resident to seek refuge in a friend's house outside the state capital Harare for
the security of our lifes.

So please my contacting you, is not for you to come and rescue me and my children but to help us
move a good quantity of raw gold to your country to enable our buyer come to your country to pay and take
delivery as we have already concluded and agreed on the prices. You will sign agreement with the buyer
on our behalf and make sure the complete money is paid before he take delivery of the Gold. After which
you will send us some money to process our visa and fly down to your country to invest and continue our
lifes. This is my children and I are begging from you.

Youe compensation and other information will be made known to you upon receipt of your response

Thanks and God Bless as I urgently await your reply.

Mrs Angela Campbell

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