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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: Lindiwe Chitando <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 23:03:24 -0800 (PST)


Dear Sir/Madam,

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. I am MRS LINDIWE CHITANDO the wife of MR.BENSON CHITANDO, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through Johannesburg Chamber of commerce hence I decided to write you.

Before the death of my husband, he had notified me about the money $14m (Fourteen Million United States Dollars) he deposited in Johannesburg South Africa with one of the private security companies, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was deposited in a box as personal valuables for a foreign partner to avoid much demurrage from the Security Company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishment of a new farm in Swaziland. This land problem came when Zimbabwean President MR. ROBERT MUGABE introduced a new Land Act reform, which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers. This resulted to killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for which my husband was one of the victims.

It is against this background that, my children and I who are currently staying in South Africa decided to transfer my husband money to a foreign country since the law of South Africa prohibits refugees from opening any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zones of South Africa. I am now saddled with the responsibility of seeking for a genuine foreigner who can provide us with a reliable account where this money could be transferred into .All I seek for is an honest person, whom I can entrust with my future and that of my family. I must also let you know that this transaction demands absolute confidentiality. If you accept to assist me and my family, all I want from you is to help us with an account in your name, which will aid us in transferring the money into any account, you will nominate overseas.

This money we intend to use for investment and growth in your country. For your efforts we are prepared to give to you 20% of the total funds, or you can go into partnership with us for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country. Whichever the option you want, feel free to notify me. I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expenses we might incur in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you the percentage proposed above.

If you are really capable and willing to assist us please contact my son Victor on this Telephone number + 27-73-585-2258 or write to my private mail
box ( ). Finally, please treat this matter as urgent as possible I am in dire need to leave this country soonest with my family.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation

Best Regards


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