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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: "Mrs. Agnes Savimbi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 21:50:53 -0800


Dear Sir/Madam,

This letter may come to you as a surprise but I really prayed to God to help me choose somebody that will be my true partner, a person who has a fear of God that
cannot betray my remaining family and me as I don’t even know whom to trust so I allowed the spirit of God to lead me.

I am Mrs. Agnes Jonas Savimbi, wife of the late leader of the National Union of the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA) After surviving more than a dozen assassination
attempts, my husband, Savimbi was killed four years later, in February 2004, in a battle with Angolan government troops. Two weeks before he died, he called me
and reveals the existence of US$25,000,.000.00 (Twenty five Million, United States Dollars) being deposited in a suspense account with the bank in South Africa.

This money was income accrue from the sale of Gold & Diamond. When I heard the bad news of my husband's death, his trusted aid moved me and
members of our family out on hiding, but unfortunately my elder son and 1 were caught and place under house arrest. Luckily to us, my second son being sharp and
clever has escaped through Zambia to South Africa where he resides as a political refugee.

Now the problem he is facing their is that the labour of South Africa does not permit an asylum seeker (Refugee) the right to financial transaction. This was
the basic reason why I decide to contact you, so that you will stand as the beneficiary of the funds, we are prepared to transfer the ownership of the funds to
your name. 30% of the total money goes to you, as a commission for your services, while 70% goes to my family, which we intend to invest, immediately we are being released from house arrest. I am assuring you that this transaction is risk free as we have put all the logistics in place to make it successful, all we need from you is your
co-operation and sincerity of purpose.

You will be contacting my son on his details below for more details on how you are going to assist us conclude this transaction. I will wait for your response through
my son, thank you and God bless.

Name: Robert Savimbi
Direct Tel.Line; +27 83 687 6562 or

In your email to my son Robert Savimbi, kindly forward to him the following:

1 Your Full Name
2.Your Contact (Home) Address
3.Your Telephone and Fax number

Thanks and may the almighty father guide us through.

Thank you.
Mrs. Agnes Savimbi

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