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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:

Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 12:45:24 +0000

TEL: +27-73-286-2518
FAX: +27-86-517-6554
ATTN: Sir/Madam,
You might be surprise to receive this letter from me since you don't know me personally. I am MRS. ELIZABETH ZIMBA the wife of late MR. DAVID ZIMBA who was murdered by the Zimbabwe war veterans and irate black people. I got your contact e-mail address through South African chamber of commerce and industry. After due consideration of your profile, hence I decided to write to you. I write to solicit for your special assistance to my family shattered by a tyrannical Government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party. President Robert Mugabe.
Because of land and farmland crisis in Zimbabwe the Government secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members to disposed the land being occupied by the white farmers. This action hassled to killing of some members of opposition party including my husband who did not support this ill-fated action.
But before the death of my husband, he anticipated some dangers and so he smuggled out the sum of USD$9,000,000.00 (NINE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) to South Africa and deposited it in a Security Company with the intention of using it for the purchase of farm machinery and chemicals for agricultural purpose in South Africa and establishment of a new farm in Swaziland. This money was deposited in a box as a germ stone to avoid much demurrage in the Security Company. On the 29 august 2001 the war veterans and some spotters of (ZANU-PF) ruling party trooped into our compound and axed my husband to death and my second son of 19yrs. Since then they have been terrorizing my son (RICHARD) but he managed to escape to neighboring country South Africa as a political asylum seeker (refugee).
His position in South Africa does not permit him to open an account or to operate any business. That is why I want this fund to be transferred in your Account so that you will assist my son RICHARD to invest the money in your country. I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free. If you accept to assist us, all I want from you is to arrange and come down to Johannesburg, South Africa so that you can help my son RICHARD to open a non-resident bank account in   your name which will aid us in transferring the money into your nominating account overseas.
 I have two options for you, firstly, you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for nominating your account in this transaction or we can go into partnership with you for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country whichever the option you want feel free to notify with RICHARD. He will then furnish you with every detail you needed to know. We have also mapped out 5% of the total sum for any expenses that might be incurred during the time of this transaction.
If you do not prefer a partnership, we are willing to give you 25% of the money while remaining 70% will remain for my family, if you are really capable and willing to assist us please contact my son Richard immediately in South Africa with this telephone number +27-73-286-2518.
Finally, please treat this matter as urgent as Possible, because I want this fund to be transferred in your bank account in your country as soon as possible.
Thanks for you're mutual co-operation.
Yours Sincerely,

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