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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: john dumana <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:51:51 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY.

FROM: MR JOHN DUMANAGOOD DAY,You may be surprised to receieve this letter since you don't know me personally. I am MR JOHN DUMANA.The first son of DR.ROBERT DUMANA, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through South Africa Information Exchange (S.A.I.E) here in Johannesburg and I decided to write for an assistance.My late Father, was among the few black 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 whites. Before his death, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars) in a safe-box with a security and finance company as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as Family Valuable to the security company to avoid seizure and also to avoid much demurrage from the security company.This money was given to my Father by president Mugabe for investment purpose while they were still in good terms.This land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act, which wholly affected the rich farmers, and some few blacks vehemently condemned the modus operandi adopted by the government. And that resulted to rampant killing and mob actions by the veterans and some political thugs, precisely, many people have been killed.Heads of government from Western World, especially Britain and United States of America have voiced their condemnation of Mugabe 's plan subsequently, the South African Development Community (S.A.D.C) has continuously supported Mugabe's new land reform act. It is against this background that I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa have decided to transfer my Fathers money overseas.As the first son of my late Father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a responsible person who will help us to transfer this money without We have decided not to invest this money in South Africa for the fear of encountering the same experience in future,since both countries have almost the same political history.I want to let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free.So, please if you accept to assist my family,we are offering you 20% of the total sum,75% for me and my family while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses, we may incure during the course of this transaction. We are willing to accept any reasonable condition you may deem necessary,also we can as well go into partnership business with you. Please reply immediately if you are willing to assist my family.Remember this business is highly confidential and shall be kept within you alone.Best regards,MR.JOHN DUMANA. ( for the family)NB.We will also want you to come down to South Africa,it will grant us the opportunity of meeting ourselves and as well facilitate the quick conclusion of this transaction.
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