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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: "Charles Zamani" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:20:22 +0000
Subject: please help me

Tinsley Refugee Camp,
Abidjan - Cote D' Ivoire,
TELL: +22547734656

My name is MR.CHARLES ZAMANI the only surviving son of MR. JOHNSON ZAMANI,
from the Republic of Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise to you how I got your
contact address. I got your contact address from the internet on line while
searching for a capable and reliable person who will help me to transfer
some funds out of South Africa for investment purpose.
During the current war against the white Farmers in Zimbabwe by the
supporters of our President Robert Mugabe, in his effort to chase all the
white Farmers out of the country, He ordered all the white Farmers to
surrender their farms to his Party members and his followers. My father was
one of the best and successful farmers in our country who did not support
the idea of dispossessing the white farmers of their land.

Because of this, his farm and his were invaded and burnt by Government
supporters. In the course of these attacks, my father was killed along side
my other family members, and the invaders made away with a lot of items from
my fathers farm. And our family house was utterly destroyed.

Before the death of my father, he drew my attention to the sum of
USD14M.(FOURTHEEN MILLION DOLLARS).which he deposited with a Security
company in Abidjan - Cote D'Ivoire .I decided to move out of Zimbabwe for my
own safety, because my lives was in danger, I decided to move to the Cote
D'Ivoire where my father deposited this money and down to here in Abidjan
where am presently seeking political assylum. Till date the security company
is not aware of the real content of the trunks boxes because my father used
his diplomatic immunity as at that time to deposit the boxes as important
personal valuables.

I decided to contact overseas person/firm that will assist me move the money
out of Cote D'Ivoire. This becomes necessary because as a political Asylum
seeker, I am not allowed to own or operate a Bank account. If you accept
this proposal, you shall receive 25% of the entire amount for your
assistance to move this money out. 70% of this amount shall be for us, and
the remaining 5% shall be mapped out for expenses incurred in the course of
the transaction.

All I need you to do is to furnish me with your personal phone and fax
numbers for easy communication. Note that this transaction is 100% risk-free
and absolutely confidential. Please contact me with this telephone number:
+22547734656. immediately for more details.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Best regards,

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