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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: "susan moyo" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 17:00:53 +0200
Subject: FROM:MRS Susan

FROM:MRS Susan &
mr. Johonson moyo.
206 christ church road,


ATTN: Managing Director/CEO.

I am Mrs.Susan Moyo, first wife of Engineer Solomon Moyo, of  Bulawayo-Zimbabwe. This is my 28 years of marriage with Mr. Solomon  ,where  my only son and I are now resident in South Africa as Asylum seeker  (REFUGEE). I got your contact through South African Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. With your contact profile, I hope that you can take care  of  the amount involved.
 I have some huge amount of money, which I  inherited  from my dead husband a few months ago.My husbandís tragedy occurred  when the  Zimbabwean government took our farm from us. My husband was murdered in  Zimbabwean and I am the only left two wives, So I am willing to leave  South  Africa for any place abroad.
My fund is presently deposited with a Security Company without  disclosing  the contents of the box to the Security Firm, and I would like you to  help  me transfer this money overseas pending investment. The amount  deposited is  (Twenty Million United States Dollars) US$20.In consideration of your  assistance, I  agreed to offer you, upon acceptance to this proposal
20% of the total sum and 5% has mapped out to cover all sundry expenses  both  parties might incur, locally or internationally, during the course of  this  transaction.
 and the remaining 75% will be for me and my only son for  our  life investment in your country.  I will relate to you my financial advisor particulars upon receipt of  your  approval for more information and feel free to ask questions you  consider  relevant.The confidentiality of this proposal will be highly

Thank as we await your urgent response.

Best Regards,

MRS.Susan And Johnson Moyo

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