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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Danjuma Savimbi" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 12:33:55 +0200

From: Danjuma Savimbi

Good day,

I have to first of all apologise for taking you
unawares by the contents of this message. I had to send the
message straightaway because of the short time involved in
what I demand of you. Please treat this message with
utmost seriousness and swiftness.
Apart from the fact that you will be adequately
rewarded,I will forever show my gratitude.

I am Mr.Danjuma Adu Savimbi, son of the late Angolan
Leader Jonas Savimbi who was killed last year.I got
your contact details from the internet because I
really have no time and I needed an anonymous person abroad
whom I hope I can trust. I pray I am not making wrong
judgement by coming to you.
You can visit these websites below to get more info
about my father:
Jonas Savimbi deposited a large sum of money with a
security vault in Europe that is my late fathe. The
movement of members of his family (including me) is
restricted. Our movement are monitored but I have
managed to enter South Africa where I intend to lie
very low until I complete this transaction with you.
Other members of my family and I do not have access
to any of these deposits with banks in Angola and
Europe as a refugee, so you can see how desperately we
need your assistance.

Both government officials and fraudulent relatives
are trying to get their hands on my father s wealth
by claiming that the wealth was gotten through arms
smuggling and illegal sale of diamonds.
His wealth is estimated to be over US$1billion and
my mother,being the only one with some of the
documents has aided me to sneak into South Africa refugee Camp
and conclude this transaction with any one I choose.
I have spoken with the security company and the
operations manager has agreed to release the two trunk boxes in
their possession to whomever s name I issue a power of
attorney as the new beneficiary of the deposit. This security
company has US$30,000,000.00 each and precious
materials which my father lodged in their safe keep in Europe
before his death so I will give you their contact and
relevant documents including power of attorney to allow you
access to the two trunk boxes of money.

The whole idea is for you to receive this money
physically,set up bank accounts in Europe and transfer in bits
into your home bank accounts before my government even
knows what is happening.
My father was a rebel leader in Angola before his death. You must follow my instructions as
stated above the transfer of the funds because it will be difficult
for the Angolan government to trace my father s money to an
individuals account.
Moreso, when you have no prior relationship with us.

I am currently and temporarily living in Spain refugee
camp and I will be communicating with you on my phone with
special arrangement with the top refugee officials to avoid
any kind of government interception in this transaction. I can
access internet with my mobile phone.
We have to keep this transaction very secret because
of the political situation in Angola at the moment.
I shall send you a password and information that will
include power of attorney and the contact of the
security company as soon as you are ready to proceed.

Could you please send your full names, address,
confidential telephone and fax number to enable me issue a power of attorney
to you and refer you to the security company in Spain for immediate

I will later give you my private sitelittephone number for more details
please reply to my confidential for confidentiality.
I await your immediate response.

Yours sincerely,

Danju Adu Savimbi

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