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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:

From: Thomason Wilcox <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:20:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Business investment

From: Mr. Thomason Wilcox
Contact Email:
Tel:+27 74 205 73 99

Dear Sir

You may be surprise to receive this mail since you don’t know me personally, but with due

respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr. davies rossman, the

elder son of Hamas rossman of Dafur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you for

assistance of a business venture which I intend to establish in your country.

I got your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable

and capable foreign partner that will assist me and my family to transfer fund to his

personal or private account for investment purpose Though I have not met with you before,

but considering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one has to

risk confiding in success sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of money (Fifteen Million U.S dollars) ($15,000,000.00) which

my late Father deposited with a Financial Security Company in South Africa awaiting claim

before he was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan. Now I have

decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe for security and political

reasons. I want you to help me retrieve this money for onward transfer to any designated

bank account of your choice for investment purposes on these areas below:

1) Transport Industry
2) Mechanized agriculture.
3} Estate investment

We have to negotiate on what will be offered to you for assisting me to handle this

project while 25% will be for you annually from the profit of the partnership company we

are to establish .Please, read more on the news.
All I require is your honest& kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soon

as you show interest in helping me.

I wait for your kind consideration to my proposal.

Contact Email:
Best Regards,
Mr Thomason wilcox

Mr  Tel:+27 74 205 73 99

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