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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: "Lisa Nkomo" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:54:17 +0000


Compliment of the season.

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you dont know me
personally. I am Mrs. Lisa Nkomo the wife of late Dr.Williams Nkomo, who was
murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

I got your contact through the Togolaise chambers of commerce in my search
for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential
transaction that involves a transfer of a fund to a foreign account and I
decided to write you.

My late husband 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 entire minority.

Before his death he had taken me and my only son who is 18 years old to Lome
Togo as one of the most peaceful country in west Africa and also a tourist
country, to deposit the sum of US$15 MILLION (Fifteen million united states
dollars) with a security and finance company as if he foresaw the looming
danger in zimbabwe.

The money was packed in a trunk box as valuables/family treasure for
security reasons and deposited with a security company for safe keeping.This
money was embarked from the purchase of new machinery and chemical for farms
and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho, Swaziland.

This land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land
act that wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few blacks
vehemently condemned the Modus Operandi adopted by the government. This
resulted to rampant killing and mod action by the war veterans and some
political thugs.Precisely, more than thirty one (31)people have so far been
killed. Heads of government from West, especially Britain and United States
of America have voiced their condemnation of Mugabes plan. Suddenly, Togo
Development Community(TDC) has continued to support the Mugabes new land
act,it is against this background that I and my family who are currently
residing in Lome Togo, West Africa have decided to transfer my husband money
into a foreign account.

I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking for a genuine foreign
account where this money could be transferred without the knowledge of my
government who are tactically freezing my husband wealth.

I am faced with the dilemma of investing this money in Togo for fear of
encountering the same experience in future since both countries have almost
the same political history. Moreover, the Togolaise foreign exchange policy
does not allow Assylum Seekers immediate investment chances hence I am
forced to look for an immediate alternative.

As a woman, I am entrusting my future and that of my family into your hands
hoping that you will not betray the trust, I must let you know that this
transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not
necessarily matter.

For your assistance, we are offering you 20% of the total sum, 75% for my
family while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses we may incure during the
course of this transaction.

We wish to invest our part of the money on commercial property based on your

Finally, all we need from you is assurance that you will not sit on this
money when it finally gets into your personal or company account in your

If this proposal is acceptable by you, please confirm your interest via my
Private Email.


Please provide me with the following details:

1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.

Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Lisa Nkomo.

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