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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: "MR ABDULAYE DIAKHATE" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 12:15:58 +0200

Hello ,

I am MR ABDULAYE DIAKHATE, a 30 years old Zimbabwe nationality residing in Dakar Senegal on asylum. My father Raymond DIAKHATE was a Zimbabwean Politician and a successful farmer in Zimbabwe. He was an associate and a close friend of our current president of Mr Robert Mugabe. My father fell out of favour with the president and became a founding member of the opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (M.D.C) that are challenging the President's Land Reform Programme initiated by the Government aimed at forcefully taking the white owned farms by force and given to the black inexperience farmers which resulted the widespread anarchy and senseless killings.
However my father was wrongfully accused by the ruling party of inciting public revolt and crime against the state and was secretly murdered by the agents of the State and our assets confiscated But before his death, my late father has deposited large sum of money with a security and finance firm in Senegal as a Consignment, the fund is $20m (twenty million united states dollars) as family assets.
The funds were meant for the purchase of farming equipment and tractors in Zimbabwe, and purchase of new lands in neighbouring town and villages for our farming project. Since my father's death, my family have become the state targets and we have been constantly been abused and tortured by the government thus my flight to Senegal where i am currently staying as refugee.
My Refugee status, however prohibited me from engaging in financial transaction and could not withdraw our fund from the security company. Therefore, my mother and I, have thus reached an agreement to seek for a trustworthy person who can assist in claiming the consignment out from the finance firm then transfer the funds into his/her personal or company's account, when a power of attorney is given in favour of his/her name.
Lastly, if you are willing to assist, let me know so that in my next message we can discuss detailed modalities to achieve this project. Please kindly reply via my private mail box::
Best regards
For the family.

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