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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: "Frank Rudo" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:48:38 +0200

Johannesburg South Africa
Tel: +27 83 567 5473

Dear Sir / Madam,

I admit that this may come to you as a surprise, but I would advice that you
consider it as a request from a family in dare need of assistance.

I am Mr. Frank Rudo the son of late Mr. Gamu Rudo of Gowanda town in
Zimbabwe; I got your contact information wile browsing through the internet
in my search for a reliable and God-fearing person that can be of help to me
in transferring the sum of Fifteen Million U.S Dollars ($15,000,000.00) only
out of South Africa.

My late father before his death, as a result of brutalization by the
government of President Robert Mugabe because of his participation with
white farmers, intended this amount for the purchase of new farm machineries
and tools. His death was coordinate because of his firm approach against
President Robert Mugabe's weird land use act, which forced lots of white
farmers out of the country, killing many others, and leaving some helpless
and imprisoned. My late father in coalition with his associates, who also
suffered the similar brutalization, teamed up with the International
community to condemn the barbaric land use act and they were assassinated
differently along with my mother. After the death of my parents I fled to
South Africa where I am currently leaving as a refugee.

Weeks after my father's death in June 22nd.2004 (A day that is still fresh
in my mind) our family lawyer told me that my late father had filed all
document with him which stipulates his "WILL. In the "WILL" he specifically
pointed and I quote!

"My dear son, I wish to notify you with the sum of Fifteen Million U.S
Dollars (U.S$15,000,000.00) which I deposited with a Security Company in
Johannesburg, South Africa with all the documents filed by the family
Attorney, Incase of my absence on earth caused by death only, you should
seek for a reliable person overseas that can assist you to transfer the fund
out of South Africa for investment purposes. I have saved this money for
your future immediately the government started looking into my business and
involvements with the white farmers. Please do not reveal any information
concerning this "Will" to any of my family members to avoid threat of any
kind. Take good care of yourself. I remain with you always, Gamu Rudo"

From the above, you will understand that my future depends on this money; as
such I will appreciate if you can assist me in transferring this fund out of
South Africa for investment purposes in your country. For your assistance in
this regard, I have decided to go into partnership with you, or otherwise
give you some percentage of the money as my sign of appreciation for your
help. Please I will like you to contact me with this email if this interests

Hoping that you consider my situation and help me.

May God Almighty be with you?

Frank Rudo

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