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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: Personal Info <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 02:28:43 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT...........

From: Mr. Sun Moyo
Personal contact number
Dear Friend,
My name is SUN MOYO, the elder son of Mr. JOHN MOYO of Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address from the South African Chamber of Commerce in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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 to his party members and his followers. My father is one of the best farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabe's ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my father and made away with a lot of items in my father's farm.
Before his death, my father had deposited with one of the Security Company in Europe the sum of US$10.5 Million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), with my name, and made every documents with my name both the certificate of depository. 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 valuables and was moved to a sister company in Eurpoe.
So, I decided to contact you to assist me to transfer this money out of Security Company because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank account within South Africa. We have agreed to offer you 40% of the total sum for your assistance, 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that you may incur in the course of this transaction and 55% will be for me and my family to invest in your country. All I want you to do is to furnish me with your full personal phone and fax numbers and your email address for easy communication. You can contact me on the above Email address. Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely confidential.
Awaiting your urgent reply to: (
Thanks and God bless.  
Best Regards.
Mr. Sun Moyo. (Moyo's Family)

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