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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 14:02:56 +0000
Subject: From:Miss Helen H. Kabango.

From:Miss Helen H. Kabango.

Dear Sir,
Difficulties encountered in efforts to establish a business abroad necessitate
this search for someone to assist me in securing and investing the sum of
USD9.6,000.000 (Nine Million dollars)inherited from my father's business

I am the heir of a Zimbabwean family, my father was an agriculturist. He
became rich from his old-aged investment in agriculture and later was victimized
by President Robert Mugabe's land reform policy. He was assassinated by unknown
gunmen for defending his land ownership and siding the minority white farmers.
Before his death, my father foresaw the insecurity of both our lives and
property then decided to deposit the above sum with a private finance and
security firm in Ghana. This money has become the only inherited property
of our family since our home was burnt,and the farmlands and machines seized
yet the government and it's loyalists are bent on making life difficult for

To summarise this traumatic story, my mother and I have decided to offer
25% of the above sum to anyone who assists us to secure this funds overseas
or 35% share for possible help on investing in any reliable venture.
if you would want to proceed under these terms,please reply for detailed
information. if you do not accept my offer,please in good fate treat with
utmost confidentiality . A quick reply with your name,telephone and fax numbers
for more confidential communication will be highly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,
Miss Helen H. Kabango.



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