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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:

Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 11:34:55 +0000

From:Mrs Anne Dunn
Harare Zimbabwe

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me
personally, I am Mrs Anne Dunn, the wife of Mr. Francis Dunn, who was
murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe last Year. I got your contact
through world network online, hence I decided to write to you. Before the
death of my husband, he had taken my son Frank to South Africa to deposit
the sum of US$ 9.5Million (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars), in one of the private security company, as if he foresaw the
looming danger in Zimbabwe.

This money was deposited in a box as a family property to avoid much
demurrage from Security Company. This amount was meant for the purchase of
new machines and chemicals for the farms and established of new farm in

This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduce
a new Land Act reform which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some
few blacks farmers.And this resulted to the killing and mob action by
Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of
people was killed because of this land reformed Act for which my husband
was one of the victim.

It is against this background that my son Frank who is currently staying in
South Africa decided to transfer my husband money to foreign account since
the law of South Africa prohibit a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any bank
account or to be involved in any financial transaction througout the
teritorial zone South Africa. I am saddle with the responsibility of seeking
a genuine foreign partner who can assist my son with his personal/company's
account where this money could be transferred without the knowledge of my
government who are bent from taking everything we had. The South African
government seems to be playing along with them.

I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South
Africa for fear of going through the same experience in future since both
countries have similar political history. Moreover, the South African
Foreign Exchange policy does not allow such investment as an asylum seeker.
As a person, who I have to entrust my future and of my family in his hands,
I must let you know that this transaction is risk free.

And upon asceptance of this proposal you are advice to contact my son Frank
through the Email:( or phone :number:+27-83 710
1023 for more details of the transaction while I implore you to maintain the
absolute secrecy required in this transaction.
I have two options for you, firstly you can choose to have certain
percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction.

Or you can go into partnership with us for the proper for the farmily
profitable investment of the money in your country. Whichever the options
you choose, feel free to notify me I have also mapped out 5% of this money
for all kinds of expenses incurred in the process of this transaction. If
you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the money
while the remainin 70% will be for my investment in your country.

Best regards and God bless,
Mr Frank Dunn
for the family

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