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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: "Mrs.Monica Dawood" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:52:11 -0700
Subject: Greetings,Please Help My Family Receive This Fund In Your Account!

Dear Sir,

Compliment of the day to you, I am sorry if I have to indulge your
attention. My name is Mrs. Monica Dawood from the republic of Zimbabwe ,
the Wife of Mr. Christopher Dawood, the war against the farmers in Zimbabwe
, from the support of President, Robert Mugabe, in his effort to chase the
white farmers out of the country, He ordered all the white farmers to
surrender their farms to his party members and his followers.

My husband was one of the biggest and successful farmers in Zimbabwe then,
and formerly the finance minister of Robert Mugabe's administration, but he
did not support the idea of dispossessing the white farmers of their land
even some of the things in our country today this are the people who helped
us. In the course of this my Husband was arrested and the invaders made
away with a lot of items from my Husband farm. In which I almost passed
away after a heart attack.

Before my Husband arrest, he drew my attention to the sum of (US $23.
Million United States Dollars) which he had deposited with a security
company in South Africa during his tenure as the Finance minister of
Zimbabwe . Me and my children have decided to move to South Africa for our
own security, for our lives have also been in danger. The contents of the
consignment were stored as important personal valuable by my father using
his diplomatic immunity then.

I have decided to contact you to assist me in moving the money out of South
Africa . This became necessary after we were denied any right to run bank
accounts or any other form of financial transaction for we are political
asylum seekers in South Africa .
We propose that you shall receive 30% of the entire amount for your
assistance in moving the money out.65% of this money goes to us, the
family. The remaining 5%shall be used to cover expenses incurred in the
cause of the transaction. I want immediate confirmation of your interest
please Do respond to my E-mails: (

As soon as I get your respond I shall give out more details on how we shall
proceed. Note that this transaction is 100% risk free. Contact me as soon
as you receive this mail to confirm the receipt of it and for more
directives on the way forward to the smooth transfer of the money out of
South Africa to your nominated bank account in your country after which
we can come over and start a profitable business. Your personal contact
details will be required for easier communications.

For security reasons and for the smooth success of this transaction.
My husband has been placed under house arrest for a very long time await
your prompt reply through my personal email above .Thanks for your
anticipated co-operation and may God bless you.

Best regards,

Mrs. Monica Dawood.

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