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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: "Amos Midzi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:50:55 +0530

Dear Friend,

My Name is Honorable Amos Midzi, A Zimbabwean based in London United Kingdom,due to political problem I want to go into investment in a very lucrative sector of any
country economy that is doing well,and from my wide consultation, I was encouraged to focus on India because the economy is growing at a stable rate.

My preference is any good profit yielding businesses and I would appreciate
any viable ideas you could come up with.
Please feel free to reply me back to Email id(
Please, I expect your good and prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly.
I will need your phone numbers for easier communication with you.
God bless you and your family.

Amos Midzi

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