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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 elena yengeni" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:59:36 +0000
Subject: From Mrs. Elena Yengeni.

Dear Friend,

My name is Elena Yengeni a south African Parliamentarian Wife. I got your
Contact through a personal research .I am the Wife to Mr.Tony Yengeni.

Mr Yengeni was the chairman of parliament's in south Africa and the former
chief whip of the ruling political party ANC. My Husband (MR. T.
YENGENI),has as a result of trust and Confidence he has mandated that I
search for a Reliable and trustworthy foreign partner, who Will help us in
investing this funds ,which we have in cash Totaling US$9.5m (Nine Million
five Hundred United States Dollars) into a personal,company or any
Reliable foreign bank account for safe keeping for a Short period of time,
since our family bank accounts Within and outside the country have all
been Frozen by the authorities. (I would refer you to these Websites for
further information about my family) x.html

However we have managed to ship through a Diplomatic means the said fund
out, and it is presently in the custody of a security company in Europe.I
believe you are trustworthy and will utilize the money when you receive
it. The total sum will be shared as follows:15% for you , 80% For my
family,and then the remaining 5% will be used for the reimbursement of all
the expenses we will incur in the process of this transaction With your
interest in this business,

please urgently contact my SON MR. MARTIN YENGENI with this> telephone
number +277 37562430 and Email: ,He will give you further detail on the
way forward. Please Endeavor to keep this business strictly confidential
because of South African Government.

Awaiting your urgent reply.


Mrs. Elena Yengeni.

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