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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 about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 21:32:31 -0200


Dear Sir/Madam,

With due respect,trust and humility i write you this proposal which I believe will be of great interest to you i found your contact while I was doing a private research on the internet for a reliable and capable foreign partner that will assist my family and I.this is the most reason why I contacted you.I am MR MOJO JAMES the son of Dr.JAMES RADEBE of Zimbabwe,During the current war against farmers in Zimbabwe and from the support of our president ROBERT MUGABE to claim all the white owned farms in our country all the white and black farmers were ordered to surrender their farms to his party members and his followers.

My father who was one of the best farmers in our country and treasurer of the farmers co-operation did not support his idea and so the party members invaded my fathers farms and burnt everything in the farm killed my father and made away with a lot of items in my fathers farm.After the death of my father,I my mother and younger sister decided to move out of Zimbabwe because our lives was in danger with the money that my father kept in his hidden safe in our house.

The amount contained in the safe is US$35M (THIRTY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) and we decided to code the money and move to the republic of SOUTH AFRICA where we deposited the money in a SECURITY COMPANY as a valuable item. So in terms to invest the money here we cannot do so due to the policy and law of this country so I decided to make a contact with an overseas firm who will assist me and my family to move this money out of South Africa because we are asylum seekers here in South Africa and cannot continue to suffer when we have such amount of money in the security company.So if you consider this proposal my family and I have agreed to give you 30% of the total sum for helping us to move this money out to your country and 10% will be mapped out for expenses both of us may incurred during this transaction and 60% will be for me and my family to invest in your country.

All I want is for you to furnish me with all your banking details and your personal phone and fax number for easy communication,You can contact me on the above contact number.

Note:This transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential Then if you are interested to help me and my family please contact me with this alternative E-mail [] and phone number+27-83-747-9999.

Thanks and God bless you.
Best Regards,
(for the family).

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