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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. Nkomo <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:34:15 -0600

Dear. Friend.

My name is Mrs. Nkomo, wife to Zimbabwean late vice-president John Nkomo who died after a long battle with cancer in Harare.

I have an urgent investment of $46M (Forty Six million U.S. dollars only) to discus with you. I’m seeking for an experienced individual or company that can profitably invest the above fund as joint investment.

Get back to me with the follows; (Your name, telephone numbers and occupation) for final negotiation.

Mrs. Nkomo
Harare Zimbabwean

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