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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: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 13:23:25 +0200

PHONE NUMBER;+27-78-4897-749
FAX NUMBER +27--86-6963-553
Attn: SIR/MADAM I know you will be surprised to receive a letter from me. I got your address from a business directory at Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am an investor currently on exile in SOUTH AFRICA because of the civil war in my country.I wish to invest in a country with political stability,reliable, dependable infrastructure and security of life and I decided to solicit for you assistance to transfer the sum of $30million USDollars inherited from my late Husband, into your personal or company's account. For investment in a Finance house, this amount was "WILL" to me by my late husband. I am willing to invest in a company with potentials for growth and stability including your company if your bye-laws allows for foreign investors or any other good and profitable business that you may suggest.
I will be very happy if this enquiry receive urgent attention. You should mail your acceptance to my email address and information should include personal and company profile as I will also send to you all required information about myself and the help that I need from you about myinvestment plans upon receipt of your mail. Hoping for a very successful business relationship with you. please call me on 27-78-4897-749 as soon as you received this email for further details.
N.B For your assistance I we offer you 25% of the total sum of the money while 5% will be set aside for any expense that we may incure during the process of the transfer.Regards and God blessing.SUSAN KHUMALO(Widow)

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