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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: Edward Evers <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:31:00 +0200
Subject: From:Edward Evers

From:Edward Evers
South Africa

Dear Sir/ Madam.

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally the purpose of my introduction is that,I am Edward Evers the son of Mr.Lube Evers.Who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

Before the death of my father,he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$20,500,000.00 (TWENTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in one of the private security company,as if he fore saw the looming danger in Zimbabwe.This money was deposited in a box as germ stones to avoid much demurrage from Security Company.This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and established of new farm in

This land problem came when Zimbabwe President Mr.Robert.Mugabe introduced a new Land Act reform, which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black’s farmers. And this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwe war veterans and some lunatics in the society.In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for which my father was one of the victim.You will read more stories about President Mugabe's brutal acts by visiting this web site;

It is against this background that,I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa decided to transfer my father’s money to foreign account since the law of South Africa prohibits a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zone South Africa.

I am saddle with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything we have got.

The South African government seems to be playing along with them. Aim faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of going through the same experience in future since both countries have similar political history.Moreover,the South African Foreign Exchange policy does not allow such investment for an asylum seeker.

As a business tycoon or ordinary citizen, who I have to entrust my future and of my family in his hands,I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free.If you accept to assist me and my family all I want you to do for me is to make arrangements and come to Johannesburg South Africa so that you can open a non-resident account which will aid us in transferring the money into any account you will nominate overseas This money I intend to use for investment.

I have two options for you,firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the money for nominating your account for this transaction.Or you can go into partnership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country.

Whichever the options you want,feel free to notify me,I am looking forward to receive your urgent reply and Call me as soon as you receive this letter for further discussion.Please reply me through my private email address(

Thank you and God bless you as you read to assist me.
Edward Evers.
(For the family)

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