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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:

Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:41:47 +0200

Am Mr. David B. Savimbi. The son of late General Jonas Malheiro Savimbi presently residing in Barcelona Spain. I pray God this message reaches you in wonderful spirit.I am making this contact with you based on trust and confidence irrespective of the fact that we have not met before and because of the nature of the situation I found myself.There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential. There is sum amount of money my late Father {former UNITA Rebel leader} General Jonas Malheiro Savimbi deposited in a SECURITY&FINANCE COMPANY for safe keeping few months before he was assasinated by the Angolian Millitary force sometime last years back.
The squable happened as over the issue of mineral to smuggled diamond to the neighbouring countries in exchange for money and other valuable assets. Presently, I am staying in one of the refugee camps in SPAIN just to save my life,with my yunger sister Benedith.The money in question is $27,500,000.00 Milllion U.S.Dollars. We are now living in Spain Barcelona as political Asylum seekers and the financial laws of Spain do not allow Asylum Seekers certain travel and financial rights to such huge amount of money. In view of this, I cannot invest this money in SPAIN, hence I am asking you to assist me transfer this money out from the European security and finance company to your own bank account for
investment purposes in your country or elsewhere.

The Angolian Government through it's various agents has confisticated all my late father's known properties since his death.You have the liberty to travel to Europe where you can claim the box from the security and finance company and open a new bank account in Europe and deposit the funds into your new bank account and transfer it back to your bank account in your country. Hence choose the best mode of transfer that will be acceptable by you and the funds are free from any encumbrances. For your assistance we are prepared to offer you 30%ofthe total funds, and 70% for the family.You can find how and when my father was killed in the BBC news achives in the following news story: it was widely reported in the international news media
Thank you as I awaiting your urgent reply.via(
Thank you and God bless.
Mrs. David B. Savimbi.

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