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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: "Mark Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 16:26:10 +0000
Subject: Partnership In Business Investment.(Respond Urgently)

Good Day My Dear,
This letter may come as a surprise because we have not met nor had  any  previous correspondences but was borne out of my sincere burning desire to establish a business/mutual relationship with you. I got  your  contact through my private search here in London I felt that this is the only medium to reach you for l hope I will not regret ever approaching you because this present world is filled of dishonesty and  mistrust.
My name is Mark Ford, the only son of Mr Terry Simpsom Ford who was  murdered by the agents of  President Robert Mugabe due to his opposition to the oppressive and exploitative Land reforms Act. Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and fragile political situation in Zimbabwe but i know it has formed consistent head lines in the CNN, BBC news bulletins. You can futher read about  the death my late father
The pressure from the government forced me and my family out of Zimbabwe into exile in  New Zealand and then down to London, United Kingdom where we have been living under political asylum for a few years now. Sadly, my mother died of cancer some months ago and was
buried here in London. Prior to her death, she handed me over a certified documents meant for Deposit, which my father made with the  bank.
The deposit, which is worth $16,000.000.00(Sixteen Million United States Dollars),was deposited in the bank before the out break of war. he deposit in his name with the hope of relocating his family to the neighboring town of Tanzania but was murdered when the conflict intensified as a result of his opposition  to the oppressive and depotic government of Robert Mugabe.I have contacted the bank to confirm the deposit and established an ownership link as next of  kin.
with respect to the certified document handed over to me by my mother after the death of my father and followed by her death and the continued hostility in my country Zimbabwe, I have decided to remain here for now and solicit for the assistance of an honest and trustworthy person who will assist me in the business re-investment of the said money.
I cannot do this due to my present social status as a refugee here and my total ignorance of the business world. You will be given 30% of the said money and a shares holder base in the investment if secured . If  you are honest, trustworthy, capable of investing this sum of money, contact me to give you all the details you need to know about this immediately. For my safety, you must maintain absolute confidentiality to ensure success. Please, indicate your personal Tel/Fax numbers when replying this mail. I will let you view my late father's account statement in the bank when i receive your sincerelty mail.
I also attach my international passport here please confirm to me if you do receive it.
Best regards and God Bless,
Mark Ford

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