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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:02:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: RE

FROM: MRS. JULIET CHANGARAIExt.6 Garani Street  2146 SowetoSouth Africa.Telephone: +27 747 403 980 
 Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not met, permit me however with dispense of honor and respect that I humbly make this appeal to you with the understanding that any fact/s or opinion/s expressed in this letter are given in confidence and solely for your personal information and use. I am skeptical about a lot of thing going on the internet which is the only way I think I can get this message passed on to you but If it does not interest you, disregard the mail but if it makes sense to you, I open my arms wide to do business with you in trust and sincerity.
I am Mrs. Juliet Changarai wife of late Mr. Patrick Changarai, who was the "Chairman" of the farmer's co-operation in Zimbabwe. My husband was among the few blacks that were murdered in cold blood by the president Robert Mugabe Administration during the land dispute that just happened in Zimbabwe.
Before the death of my husband he had taken me to South Africa to deposit the sum of {$100 million USD} (Hundred Million United States Dollars) in a private security company as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
This money was meant for purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishment of new farms in Swaziland. Before his death, his is a Major shareholder of companies in Zimbabwe. After the death of my husband we moved to South Africa because our lives are in danger pending when we see somebody that will assist us transfer this fund to his/her overseas account for the safety of my family.
I am presently in South Africa with my Son Peter and Mary Changarai as (Refugees) (Asylum Seekers), the law of South Africa does not permit us to operate or open any bank account here or be involved in any financial transaction with the bank. That is why I am contacted you to assist us in transferring this fund into your overseas account.Here in South Africa, our family lawyer has secured the services of a top Reserve Bank executive who is very willing to assist transfer this money into your overseas account. 
You will get 40% of the total sum for your assistance.  Please do contact me immediately on my Email: for entire procedure of this transaction.This transaction is 100% risk free and legal; it will not put you in any kind of trouble. 
Please this transaction is highly confidential because of security reason till the money is transfer into your account
Yours Truly,Mrs. Juliet Changarai (For the family)Telephone: +27 747 403 980 

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