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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: "MR.MARCELL DAMBA .K. FREEDMAN." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 14:11:08 +0400

Attn:Director Sir/Madam.


How are you? I know you may be surprised to receive this letter, I got your contact through a desperate and personal search on the web for someone I could really trust as I have prayed over it and I wish to express my interest to handle this matter with you and I assure you that nobody knows about this transaction except me Before the death of my Father.

Let me introduce myself to you before i go further; I am MR.MARCELL DAMBA FREEMAN the SON of Late MR.DAMBA K. FREEMAN who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.
Before the suden death of my father, he foresees the looming danger in Zimbabwe and decided to make a deposite of his money woth of $22.3 Million (Twenty Two Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in disgusie as consignment in a box with a security company. And he was forced to disclose this to me alone as his first son.
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This money was deposited as family valuables to avoid much demurrage cost from the Security Company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and also for the establishment of a new farm in Swaziland. The land disputes started 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 many killings by Zimbabwe 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 Father was one of the victims. It is on this background that I who are currently staying in Dubai as refugees decided to transfer my Father's money to a foreign country since the laws of Dubai prohibits refugees from opening any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zones of Dubai.

Please, I need your assistance to transfer this fund to your trusted overseas bank account. For your efforts and assistance, I have agreed to give y ou 30% of the total sum, while 10% is mapped out to re-imburse all the expenses incurred in the course of this transaction and 60% will be for me and my family investment in your country under your kind control.

Note that this transaction is 100% clear and Risk-Free, as I have made every necessary arrangements for a successful deal. The only thing am soliciting from you is the total assistance to transfer this money to your account in your country, complete trust and assurance that my own part of money will be safe when transferred to your account. Kindly keep this business proposal highly confidential for security reasons. If you are interested in assisting me, Reply via the above email address and include your private phone and fax numbers. I will respond to you immediately.

Looking forward to your urgent reply, God Bless.
sincerely yours,

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