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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: Susan Nkosi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 06:53:19 -0600
Subject: MESSAGE

My Dear

I am Mrs. Susan Nkosi the wife of late Mr. Zuma Nkosi of Zimbabwe . My husband was one richest farmer in Zimbabwe ; he was murdered in cold blood when the problem of land dispute arose in Zimbabwe .

My late husband deposited the sum of $5million United States dollars with financial company before his death.

I am writing this mail to seek for your assistance to contact with my son Mr. Jerry Nkosi to discuss with him and let him know the best investment we can invest this fund on.

If you can be able to help us invest this fund, I will like you to contact my son Mr. Jerry Nkosi on this email

Thanks and remain bless.

Mrs. Susan Nkosi
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