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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Miss Grace B. Mujuru(2)" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 02:57:11 +0100
Subject: Season Greatings From Miss Grace B. Mujuru

Dear Mr
I'm Miss Grace B.Mujuru,the daughter of the director of Mr Mugabe's force during the 1970s' war of independence whom is late right now(Mr Solomon Mujuru).My daddy died some time ago during a political tussle in our country Zimbabwe that started december last year internally.My father happens to be late General Solomon Mujuru that has been killed along side with his body guard Suleman whom the world refused to ackwnoledge and i must say that am very sorry if this mail will sound like a disturbance to you.I wouldn't have contacted you if everything was alright like it used to be when my father was alife.My late father happens to love me and my brother so very much but painfully,he is no more.

The reason why i am contacting you through this mail,is as a result of the occurance of the untimely death of my beloved father and the situation at hand.My father died on the 16th August 2011 during an attack from his political opponet and this treat of death has been on since some time now because he was known for his war records and have saved,served and he put together Zimbbwe as a nation.My father was know as a Member of Zanu-PF's politburo,he retired as head of the army in 1992 to concentrate on his business and our family because my step mother was not happy with my self and my younger brother whom she successfully killed,by poisoning.Immediatly after the death of my father,my step mother came as a sheep in lion clothening and i been a woman that i am,i never knew that i can be easily decieved into changing the will of my father that was already in favour of my self and my late brother.A family meeting was made that i have to sign some document being that am the eldest daughter and i did but after some few days i was told to let go of all properties that was owned by my late father and they all drove me out to nothing with a treat of to kill me if i return back to any of the houses that he built.My step mother is a very strong woman in the society and she is the vice president to president Robert Mugabe(Vice President Joice Mujuru).I thought i was suffering from the shock of the death of my father because it all seems like a dream but i realised that the death of my father was planned and i never knew that my step mother and her children had a motive of claiming all asset that belongs to my father and been that they have the will of my beloved father,they now have access to his bank as well as all his properties.i ran out of Zimbabwe and am presently seeking refuge in senegal.The news paper and the internet said that my father died of farm fire,that is not true because i was there.My step mother have had series of histories were she took peoples properties and lands

3 years ago my father told me and my bother who is now dead that he has a plan to deposit some money in a security company,we supported him because our mother is no more and he sees us as the best thing that has ever happened to him,these were his words.being that depositing his funds was a good decision knowing fully well that Zimbabwe is no more a stable and organised.He personally handed all the documents as well as the certificate of ownership to my late brother and we kept it and after my father was killed this month,i took the certificate and papers,since am the only one that is aware of the deposition of the $12.5Million and ran away before my step mother will find out about it.I decided to run down to Senegal to seek refuge under the united nation and i was accepted here in Senegal.The money was deposited in a security company for safe keeping under my name and my late brother's name and it is stated that the certificate of deposit is the prove of ownership.please i will need your help,for you to help me invest the money in housing,real estate,land buying and selling,but i believe that you are in a better position to tell me the best investment to invest in your country and i would want you to come down to senegal if you don't believe my words and see for your self because i am being careful with my life now.I will also would like to move to your country after the investment is done,for the safety of my life.I hope that i will hear from you soon so that i will know what to do because i need a better life for my self and i need a good future too.I am only 27 years old and i have no help and support here.i am ready to give you %10 of the total money for appreciation.I hope to hear from you.Please send me your phone number,address,identity card and occupation.Please remember that this proposal should be kept a secrete for the sake of my security.
Your's Sincerly,
Miss Grace B. Mujuru

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