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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:

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:39:10 +0000 (UTC)

FROM: MRS.NELLY ZUMATEL: + 27 710811937EMAIL:                               Greetings, I am Mrs. Nelly Zumaa (WIDOW) from Zimbabwe seeking asylum /political exile in Johannesburg SouthAfrica. I have US$18,000,000.00 (Eighteen Million United State Dollars) only,with a Security and Financial Company for safe keeping.                                        I wishes to invest in a stable economy outside South Africaand my interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms.I am interested in placing my inherited funds into your company or privatebusinesses, if your country's bi-laws allow foreign Investors / investments,  You can contact me for more details via e-mail address orwith your reference………… Please for confidentiality I will kindly advice that youreply me through e-mail                         SOURCES OF FUNDS / INVESTMENT Note: This fund was obtained from PETROL STATION and for the purchasing of new agricultural machines and chemicals meant to be distributed to farmsand establishment of new farms in Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe bymy late husband Mr. James Zuma before his sudden death by the secret agent ofPresident Robert Mugabe. I have agreed to offer you 20% of the total sum for your service in assisting me transferringthis total fund out of South Africa, while 80%will be for my family investment in your country that will be under yoursupervision.  I therefore implore you to please maintain the absoluteconfidentiality of this matter even if you decide not to help me I am looking forward to hearing from you and working with you. Yours sincerely MRS.NELLY ZUMA(WIDOW) 

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