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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: Richard Olds <>
Reply-To: Richard Olds <>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 22:52:58 +0000 (GMT)

TEL: +66- 844233527
                                     REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE DEAR FRIEND,
You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you don't knowme in person, but for the purpose of introduction, I am MR.RICHARD OLDS,a citizen of Zimbabwe, the son of late MR. MARTIN OLDS who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE. I got your contact through the internet, and then I decided to write you.My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agent of the ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party. Before the death of my father, he deposited the sum of Five Million US Dollars ($5M) with a security company during when he went to Thailand to purchase his farm machinery equipment, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe. The money was deposited as a gem / precious stone to avoid seize and much demurrage from the security organization. This money was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for
the farms and the estab
lishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.This land problem arose when President R. MUGABE introduced a new land Act, which wholly affects the white rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government. This resulted to rampant killing and mob actions. I and my family who are currently staying in Bangkok Thailand as a refugee asylum seeker, have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country where we can invest it. You will read more stories about President Mugabe's brutal acts by visiting. This website: I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in Thailand because the financial law and Regulations of the Republic of Thailand do not permit us financial rights to such huge sum of money. In view of this, I cannot invest the fund in Bangkok, Thailand. Moreover, the Thailand monetary policy/law does not allow such investment by an
asylum seeker or refugee.I
  must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter. So if you are willing to assist us, I and my family have agreed to give you 20% of the total money,40% will be for a joint business venture I will be doing with you and another 40% will be for the family, which we shall also invest in your country.Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance, endeavor to contact me through the above email address and telephone number. I also need your private telephone for quick communication. Remember that this transaction is highly confidential. Expect your reply soonest. Best regards.
For the family.

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