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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: james nkonor <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 16:39:15 +0200

From Mr James Nkonor BensonNo 33 Silverton bay SilvertonPretoria South Africa .With due respect, trust and humility, I write this letter to you seeking your help and assistance, Though its difficult since we have not met before, I got your good contact email from the (SAINO) South Africa Information Network Online while browsing through website of business opportunities World. I believe that you are capable and reliable in handling this urgent international transaction of this sort.I am Mr James Nkonor Benson Jnr son of the comrade Mr. James Benson, the Zimbabwean former Minister for Youth & Gender Equality who is also a businessman and politician, in the Zimbabwean politics. My father was the famous politician who stood firm against President Mugabe’s idea of continuous fight in the Democratic Republic of Congo and my father also stood against the seizure of white owned farms and the distribution of it to the blacks without compensation on to the white owners. Because of my Father's sincerity he was killed by a planned motor accident from dissident soldiers suspected to have the backing of the Government and Current President Mugabe himself.But he did not die immediately and during the course of his treatment, before he died he called I and my Mother,and showed us a written note concerning a $20M funds he deposited in the ESCROW/SUSPENSE ACCOUNT of one of the major banks here in South Africa with an IRREVOCABLE NON WITHDRAWAL INSURANCE CERTIFICATE ORDER/DEPOSITORY AGREEMENT which states that it is only a foreign appointed trustee/beneficiary of a NON SOUTH AFRICAN ORIGIN has the power of claims and that no money will be deducted from the PRINCIPAL SUM until it gets to the account of the beneficiary overseas andthat the only officer who knows about it is Dr. Philip Nosipo who is the head foreign operation, treasury and international Remittance Department of the said Bank.He also intimated us of some other vital documents that were meant for his Political campaign in the next election. My father instructed me to take my Mother and leave Zimbabwe immediately for our safety, which we have successfully done and now we are in South Africa were the money is deposited with the bank. Because of the immigration laws which stopsasylum seekers/ refugees like us to operate any bank account and the fear of the money not raising eyebrows here in South Africa and the contents of the DEPOSIT AGREEMENT.I have decided to write you seeking your help for this money to be transferred into your private bank account since you are a foreigner as all arrangements for a hitch-free transfer have well been fully taken care of by our financial adviser and the director in charge. And I want to assure you also that this transaction is 100% risk free, as no other person knows about this deposit apart from my I and my mother.As for your reward for your expected assistance we have resolved to go into partnership with you as soon as the money is transferred to yournominated account or bank overseas and you will also take 20% of the total amount, 5% will be used to offset any expenses that might be incurred in the course of this transaction, while the remaining 75% will be kept for my family and for the investment with you.If you are willing to help us I will then give you the deposit code and all other relevant documents which you will use to put claims to the bank as the beneficiary so that the bank can process the transfer to your account without further delays. Please try as much as possible to reach me ONLY through this our private e-mail to enable us proceed in earnest towards concluding all transaction modalities or you can give me a call through this numbers +27-73-708-1400 or by email jamesnkonor@aim.comBear in mind that our lives solely depend on this lifetime fortune that will be transferred into your account, and I do hope that the money will be safe when transferred in your account. And please keep this transaction very confidential and to yourself alone to avoid complication until we conclude.PLEASE READ ABOUT PROBLEMS IN ZIMBABWE FROM THE LINKS BELOW.www1.zimbabwesituation.com you for your anticipated cooperation.Kindest regardsJames Nkonor Benson+27-73-708-1400.For the family
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