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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: "MRS RITA EDWARD" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 12:55:39 -0800


My Dear

Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise, since we have not met before, I sourced your profile and contact from a human resource database on The Internet, permit me however, I am MRS RITA EDWARD. Wife of late MR JOHN EDWARD, a very successful White Farmers in Zimbabwe, who was brutally killed by an unknown Armed Assassins Suspected to be part of the Evil Work of President Robert Mugabe who on May 31st 2000 announced a Constitution
and decree, to seize more than 849 white-owned farms, claiming that it belong to Black indigenes, so far, more than 1,400, White farm lands and , properties have been invaded and confiscated.

I decided to contact you, for your assistance, so that I can establish a company in your country and relocate there. Also, I must re-iterate the importance, for you to act and front as the owner of the enterprise, due to the fact that I am a foreigner. For this purpose, I have deposited in a Finance & Security company in Europe all Monies from the sale of our
farm proceeds and farming equipments (including Tractors etc), which amounted to US$13.500,000( Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)

The present political instability in my country Zimbabwe, does not encourage any financial investment as the environment is not conducive for we white Citizens and most of all security is not guaranteed, just as reported by international media. And the CNN, that more than 6 white farmers was killed, as for my own record as an eye witness the real amount of White Farmers and Families that was killed is 17, I can not risk giving up all that Me
and My late Husband has Worked for, more than 35 years, You can view these websites for more Stories.

I will upon receiving your consent instruct my lawyer to prepare every documents to enable you receive these funds, from The Finance Company, on my behalf, pending on my arrival to meet with you in yourcountry so That we can both make further arrangements with regards to Establishing the company.

As a partner you will be entitled to 20% stake in whichever company that we both decide to establish when I arrive your country, presently reside in South African pending on when I have successfully finalize this transaction,You can also contact my Attorney on his Contact
stated Bellow for onward proceedings,


God bless you

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