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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: "Joseph nzanga Mobutu" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 05:51:31 -0800


Dear Friend,
My Name is Joseph Nzanga Mobutu and i bring to you
peace and love from LAGOS,NIGERIA.
Please,i am very sorry if this letter did not meet
your professional ethics but Considering the fact that
we have not met before,You may consider this letter as
a surprise.

I am seeking for someone that will assist me with a
business that has to do with my family estate which my
late father left behind for us. i am contacting you
base on the fact that i want someone that is not known
to me and my family to assist me in this business and
this is for security reasons.

I am the son of the late Mobutu Sese seko,
the former President of "ZAIRE" now democratic
republic of congo .I reside in Nigeria now on political
asylum.I got your contact information from the
internet in my search for assistance.

I want you to note that this business will benefit
both of us . I am seeking for your assistance in my
desire to secure the sum of Twenty-Seven Million
United States Dollars (US$27,000,000.00) and also to
front for me and my family in the areas of business
you consider profitable.I presume you are aware there
are financial dispute between my family (THE MOBUTU)
and the present civilian Government.

You may also have heard how a lot of my father's bank
account in Switzerland and North America has been frozen.
Following the outlined reasons, I am seeking for your
assistance in my desire to secure the sum of Twenty-Seven
Million United States Dollars (US$27,000,000.00) and also to
front for my family in the areas of business you
consider profitable.

This Boxes containing the funds have secretly been
concealed and deposited with a Diplomatic Security
firm Abroad through Diplomatic means where it can
easily be taken delivery of, by a recommended

The Boxes containing the funds were shipped as
diplomatic items of high values and will be released
to you by the Security firm based on my
recommendations on that note; you will be presented as
My partner who will be fronting for me and my family
in any subsequent ventures.

We as a family have decided to offer you 20% of the
total fund for your assistance if you are able to help
us claim the boxes, 10% for any expenses that may be
incured during this transaction, and the remaining 70%
for my family.

Please, I need your entire support and co-operation
for the success of this business ventures, your utmost
confidentiality and secrecy is highly required due to
my family's present predicament.

Please indicate your interest to enable us proceed.
God Bless you and your family as you respond to this email.

Nzanga Joseph Mobutu.

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