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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: "Hanah Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 11:54:02 +0200

Dear Sir,


My name is Mr,Hanah Smith the eldest son of Mr.Benjamin Smith of
Zimbabwe.This might be a surprise to you about how I got your contact
address.I got your contact through Network on line in my search for a
reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction
which involves a transfer of fund to a foreign account and I decided to
write you.

During the current war against the rich white farmers in Zimbabwe, from the
supports of our president Robbert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms
to his own party members and his followers, he ordered all the white farmers
in Zimbabwe to surrender all their farms to his party members and his

My father is one of the best farmers in our country, and because he did not
support Mugabe's idea, Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm and
burnt everything in the farmland, killing my father and made away with all
the things in my father's farm.

Before his death, my father had deposited with one of the security company
in Johannesburg South Africa, the sum of $US25million (Twenty five million
united states dollars). Then after the death of my father, my family decided
to move to South Africa where my father had deposited the money.

So I decided to contact overseas partner that will assist me to move this
money out of South Africa because as an assylum seeker in South Africa, I
cannot operate any account. we have aggreed to offer you 20% of the total
sum for your assistance,10% have been mapped out for expenses, and 70% for
my family.

So Please, if you think you can be of any assistance to me and my family,
kindly furnish me with your fax and phone numbers for easyer communication.
And please I and my Family will like to know you more.

You can contact me via my phone number, Tel:27-83-716-8421. Note that this
transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential for my family's

Hoping to hear from you soonest.

Thanks and God bless you.

Mr,Hanah Smith
(for the family)

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