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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: south african 2010 lottery <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:42:41 +0200
Subject: family seeking for urgent assistance

From: Mr. Stanley Olds.
# 12 Smith Street,
Braamfortein 2001.
South Africa Reply to [] Attn: Owner / Ceo. This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address. But all the same, I believe we do not need to be of blood relatives before we can establish Cordial relationship.
Having said this, I think it is very important at this juncture to introduce
myself to you and also disclose to you, how I came in contact with your email address/profile. My name is Mr. Stanley Olds, the elder son of late Mr. Martin Old, of Masingo Province of Zimbabwe. During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe, to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all their farms and Lands to his party members and his followers.
My father is one of the richest farmers in our country and because he did not support President Mugabe's ideas. President Mugabe's, supporters invaded my father's farms and lands and burnt everything in the farms, killing my father and made away with a lot of items in my father's farm. For more details visit [] Before my father’s death he made it known to me that he deposited with one of the Security Company in Johannesburg, South Africa the sum of US$30.5 Million (Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with the Security and Finance Company here in South Africa. Then after the death of my father, we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where he had deposited the money in the Security Company as valuable items. After reading about you on the internet I believe that some body like you will be capable of handling this kind of transaction so I decided to contact you to assist me to transfer this fund out of South Africa because as I and my families were (Refugee) Asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank transaction within South Africa.
I have spent months in trying to get an overseas reliable contact, It is worthy to note that people are unreliable these days and even derive joy in telling lies.On this ground I request your unreserved but sincere cooperation devoid of greed in carrying out this transaction so that no one amongst both of us shall defraud each other at the end. I am prepared to split the fund at 70%---30% for you, provided that mine (70%) will be intact at the end.
Please get back to me via the above email [] Await your co-operation. Thanks and God bless you. Best Regards. Mr. Stanley Old.
(For the family)

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