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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: "Chimda Azay" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 12:18:15 +0200
Subject: Please, help.

My name is Chimda Azay, the only daughter of Dr.Enagua Azay from
Zimbabwe.During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the
supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms
for his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to
surrender all their farms to his party members and his followers. My father
was one of the biggest farmers in our country and because he strongly
opposed Mugabe's ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm and
burnt everything in the farm, killing my father in the incident and made
away with a lot of items in my father's farm.
Before my father's death,he had made deposite with a Security Company in
Senegal, the sum of US$18.5(eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) which I apear to be the next of kin. He intended to use the money in buying new machinery and to set up a new farm in Dakar. After the death of my father, due to the harassment and threat from Mugabe and his supporters, I and my mother ran to Senegal where we are now seeking political refuge.
As the beneficiary, l have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me which i will send to which l will send to you later and i have been making contact with the company to see how i can withdraw this money and leave Senegal too because Mugabe and his supporters may locate us and all they are advicing is for them to marry me but l have never dream of getting married to a Senegales meanwhile l know their plans, to have these money and dump me because they are so wicked and that is the reason why l decided to contact you.
I am seeking for your assistance to help us so that this money will be transfered into your account while we will be coming to meet you latter.
For your role in this transaction, my mother and i have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum for your assistance, while 5% will be set-aside for any expenses that maybe incurred in the course of this transaction and the remaining 65% will be for my family and to invest in any lucrative investment.
All I want you to do is to help me finish this transaction and at the sametime help me to invest some of our share of the money in a lucrative business in your country.
Please get back to me if you can be of assistance or should incase you have any questions you would like to ask contact me as soon as possible. Thanks and God bless as i will be looking forward to your swift and positive response.
Best regards,
Chimda Azay.

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