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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: "MRS ESNART NKOSI" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 14:05:01 +0200

Good day,
With due respect, trust and humility, I write you this proposal, which I believe, would be of great interest to you. I got your contact from the South African Receiver Avenue when I was making inquiry for a reliable and capable foreign partner that will assist my family and me in this business transaction, that's why I contacted you.
I am MRS ESNART NKOSI the wife of MR.DENNIS NKOSI 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 farmers were ordered by the President to surrender their farms to his party members and his followers.
My husband who was one of the richest farmer in our country and also the chairman of the farmer's
co-operation did not support his idea and so the party members invaded my husband's farms and burnt everything in the farm, killed my husband and made away with a lot of items in my husband's farm.
After the death of my husband, my children and I decided to move out of Zimbabwe because our lives were in danger with the money that my husband kept in his hidden safe in our house. The amount contained in the safe is US$15.2M{ FIFTEEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND
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 I decided to make contact with an overseas firm whom will assist me to move this money out of South Africa, because we are asylum seekers here in South Africa and our financial rights are limit.
So, if you consider this proposal, we have agreed to give you 25% of the total sum for helping us to move this money out to your country and 5% will be mapped out for expenses both of us may incur during this transaction and 70% will be for me and family to invest in your country. Please I need your personal phone and fax numbers for easy communication.
You can contact me with this e-mail address, for more details regarding the transaction, E-mail: address: </cgi-bin/compose?curmbox=F000000001&a=0af51b94f7c1b8e474f35f0a4c01e44823ae4d4a46769d81428f87031e400233&mailto=1&>
This transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential. I'm expecting your urgent response.
Thanks and God bless you.
Best regards,
(For the family)

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