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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:

From: Eric Flint <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 10:34:10 +0200
Subject: REGARDS.

FROM: MR.ERIC FLINT.15 CAPE TOWN STREET,United Nation Reserved Area (UNRA)JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. Greetings You may be surprised to receive this letter from me, since you don't know me personally. I am Mr.Eric Flint, husband of Mrs. Sonia Fint, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe, I got your contact through network on line in my search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction which involves a transfer of a fund to a foreign account and I decided to write you. My late wife was among the Zimbabwean Rich farmers murdered in Cold Blood by the agents of the ruling government of PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition party controlled by the white minority. Before his death he deposited the sum of US$15.2million (Fifteen Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars) to South Africa with a security company attached to South African Bank, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited in a din Box as valuables to avoid much demurrage from the security company. This money was embarked from the purchase of New Machinery and Chemical for farms and establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland. The land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act that wholly affected the Rich white farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the "modus operandi" adopted by the government. This resulted to rampant killing and mob action by the war veterans and some political thugs, precisely; more than fifty-one (51) people have so far been killed. Heads of governments from the West, especially Britain and United States of America have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe's plan, subsequently, South African development community (S.A.D.C.) has continuously supported Mugabe's new land act, it is against this background that I and my family who are currently residing in South Africa have decided to transfer my husband's money into a foreign account. As a family, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account, where this money could be transferred without the knowledge of my government who is tactically freezing of our family wealth. And South Africa's government seems to be playing along with them. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have almost the same political history. More so, the South African foreign exchange Policy does not allow such investment hence we are (Refugee) seeking for an "Asylum". As a business person whom I would entrust my future and that of my family into his/her hands, I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and that the nature of your business does not necessarily matter. For your honest assistance, I will offer you 30% of the total sum, while 70% for my family investment in your country and you have to also assist me out for any expenses we may incur during the transaction. I wish to invest our part of the money on commercial property based on your advice. Finally, all I demand from you is assurance that you will not do away with this money when it finally gets to your personal or company's account in your country. If this proposal is acceptable by you, please kindly notify me by telephone or send a Mail, so that I can furnish you with more details on how the transaction will be done. I will be with you in person immediately after the fund arrives in your account. Please note that this is highly confidential transaction and should be treated as such. Yours truly,
Mr,Eric Flint.
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