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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:

Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 11:52:20 +0200


Johannesburg, South Africa.

TEL: +27-73-182-0825



I am MR.MICHAEL BOSA , FIRST SON of late ENGINEER STEVE BOSA ,of Bulawayo-Zimbabwe. I am now residing in South Africa as Asylum seeker (Refugee) In September 2002 , my late father was among the few blacks that were opposed to the arbitrary rule of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Amidst of these crisis, he lost his life with his foreign partner, Mr. Ferdinand Khen.

I have contacted you to assist in transferring most especially; the money left behind by my father and his foreign partner which was deposited in a trunk box as diplomatic consignment before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Security and Finance Company.

Particularly, the security Company where this trunk box valued at about USD$30,500,000,00 (Thirty million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) was kept has issued me a notice to come and claim the consignment, or have it confiscated.

I seek your consent to present you as my late father’s foreign business partners representative since you are a foreigner as well, and also because of my present status as a (Refugee). We are restricted from applying for a job or doing business here in South Africa. The proceeds of this account valued at USD$30.5 million U.S. Dollars can be paid to you, then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us transfer this money into your account. May God bless you? I wait for your quick response via the above contact numbers




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