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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: "jason.butcher35" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 01:00:06 -0500
Subject: partner needed

Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not met, permit me however to introduce myself; I am a white Zimbabwean Farmer, currently in hiding in Zimbabwe. I have funds worth ($18.5M) to invest in your country. I am contacting you as the need for me to have a foreign partner has become necessary due to my plans to relocate so that I can purchase some land and start farming all over again. If you are interested and willing to assist me (for a 15% commission), please contact me as soon as possible via my private Email:

I will give you more details when I hear from you. To verify the genuineness of my email, check the web page link below to get a better understanding of my situation and why I need to move out my money:

Best Regards,
Jason Butcher

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