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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: david solomon <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 10:57:32 +0200

From:Mrs.Rosemary SolomonNo:15Th Avenue Rivonia Sandton.Flat 401 Roger Square. JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA. TEL :+27-73-656-7798
Dear Directo/Ceo,

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally, I am Mrs.Rosemary Solomon, the wife of Dr.David Mongo Solomon, who was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe last Year. I got your contact through world network online and your company profile, hence I decided to write to you. Before the death of my husband, he had taken my son Michael Mongo to South Africa to deposit the sum of US$ 25m (Twenty-Five Million 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 establishment of new farms in Swaziland. This land problem came when Zimbabwean President Mr. Robert Mugabe introduced 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 Michael, 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 acceptance of this proposal you are advised to contact my son Michael Mongo,on his private phone number:(+27-73-656-7798) 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 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.
Note!If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 25% of the money while the remaining 70% will be for my investment in your country.
Best Regards and God bless,
Mrs.Rosemary Solomon.

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