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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: Ms Mary Du Toit David <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 15:03:52 -0700


I am Ms Mary Du Toit David I am a citizen of the Republic of Ghana in
Africa, although it may come to you as a surprise receiving this mail
from me without a due knowledge of me.I was once married to Mr. Alan
David Du Toit a citizen of the South Africa Republic who died in a car
accident on the 4th of July 2005 here in Accra Ghana. My late husband
Mr. Alan David Du Toit was a Gold Merchandise Exporter from Ghana to
North America, South, Central American and Europe.

Ever since my late husband's death my late husband's family have been
disturbing me over the distribution of his wealth, they have already
succeeded in taking over almost all my late husband's properties in his
home Cape Town.

I am only left with the sum of $12,000,000.00 USD (Twelve Million USA
Dollars) and 60KG of Av Gold dust in Two Consignment Boxes which my late
husband deposited in a Security Company here in Accra Ghana as belonging
to his Foreign Business Partner and I have all complete proof documents
in my custody.

This is why I decided to contact you to play the role of my late husband's
Foreign Partner and help me recover this Funds and Gold from this Security
Company, since it is only when I present my late husband's business
partner to this Security Company, only then WILL this Security Company
release of the Consignments.

You will take 20% and keep the rest for me and my little son.

Once I received your Personal Details I shall contact a Lawyer who will
Draft the LEGAL COURT POWER OF ATTORNEY which will give you Next of Kin
Right to represent my late husband, this Lawyer shall also represent you
here in the course of recovering this funds/Gold and shipment transfer
across to your country before I join you, please reply me through my
personal private email address You can verify this
by contacting the Judicial Service of Ghana through
and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as I have registered
my intention to claim the Consignments at the Judicial Service of Ghana
and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

I am awaiting your urgent reply.

Ms Mary Du Toit David

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