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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: john biya <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:27:32 -0800 (PST)

Dear Sir,
My name is JOHN BIYA,the elder son of Mr. MOYO BIYA.of Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address. I got your address from the South African Chamber of Commerce in Johannesburg , South Africa. During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe
from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members
and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all their farms to his party mem
bers and his followers. My father is one of the best farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabe's ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my father and made away with a lot of items 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 US$18.5 Million (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).with my name,and made every documents with my name both the
certificate of depositry. Then after the death of my father, we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where he had deposited the money in the Security Company as valuables. So,I decided to contact
you to assist me to transfer this money out of South Africa because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to
operate any bank account within South Africa. We have agreed to offer
you 20% of the total sum for your assistance, 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction and 75% will be for me and my family to invest in your country. All I want
you to do is to furnish me with your f ull personal phone and fax numbers for easy
communication. You can contact me on the above Telephone number.Note
that this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential.
Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards.

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