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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: "Comforth Diya" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 10:09:50 -0300

>From Mrs. Comforth U. Diya

Dear Sir/ Madam,


I am well confident of your capability of executing this transaction for the
mutual benefit of both families, believing that you will not expose or
betray the trust and confident I am about to repose to you.

I am contacting you with the greatest delight and personal respect. I am
Mrs. Comforth U. Diya, the wife of late Dr. (chief) Samuel Diya, who was
murdered last year of June by the forces loyal to president Robert Mugabe
due to Their support in acquiring his land and property during the crisis in
Zimbabwe last year. Which continued and led to the lost of several lives of
foreign (white) farmers as reported on cable network news (CNN) and by the
British broadcasting Corporation (BCC).

I got your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet, for
a reliable person for partnership investment overseas. Believing you are
sincere and trustworthy person and of transparent honesty and capable of
handling this transaction to the best of your knowledge on assisting my son
and I, in transferring the sum of US$ 11.500,000.00. (Eleven million, five
hundred thousand united state Dollars), into a foreign account for safe
keeping pending on arrival to your country for our investment plan.

You may need to know how this fund originated. The sum was inherited from my
late husband who was assassinated by Robert Mugabe's aides in view of
acquiring his land and property. I got to know of this fund when our family
lawyer, approached me few months ago with some documents that my late
husband had filed with him in the file, I realized that my late husband
(blessed memory) has written "will" which he specifically pointed my
attention and I quote.

My darling wife, I wish to draw your attention to the sum of
US$11.500,000.00 (eleven million five hundred thousand nited state dollars)
which I deposited with a security company in South Africa. All documents
concerning the fund is filed with our family lawyer and you can make lay
claim of the fund in case of my absence on earth only by death. I made an
agreement with the Security Company that my foreign partner will stand as a
beneficiary to lay claim of the money. The beneficiary will come forward to
make claim of the consignment. Dr. (chief) Samuel Diya, my late husband
advised me through my lawyer, that incase if he dies that I should look for
a foreigner who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund so that the fund
will be transfer to his or her account for partnership investment.

>From the above you can understand that my future especially that of my son
depends strongly on this money. I will like you to assist us in transferring
this money into your account for investment. You can contact my son
Prince.M. Diya or my daughter Joy Diya in South Africa on Tel: 27-762514343.
His email is: for more details, as he has been to
South Africa to arrange with some bankers that will assist in this transfer.

For your assistance in this regard, it will interest you to know that we
will be willing to come to terms with you regarding your reward for helping
us actualize this matter. It is equally important to state here that
considering the nature of this matter, we will required that it is handle
most discreetly. Kindly contact us using the above particulars upon receipt
of this letter for execution details and other necessary discussion. Your
private phone and fax number will be needed for easier communication thank
you in anticipation of your trusted and genuine assistance I remain,

yours sincerely,
Grace Comforth U. Diya (Mrs.)
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