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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: "Cadence Mufaro" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 15:16:51 -0800
Subject: Foreign Investment Partnership

Dear Sir,
          Re: Urgently In Need of Your Assistance
With due respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal, which I believe would be of great interest to you. I am looking for a reliable and capable foreign
partner that will assist my family and I to transfer fund to a secure personal or company account for investment purpose, I am Mrs. Cadence Mufaro, the wife of Late
MR. JOSEPH MUFARO, (ZANU-PF) who was a Commercial Farmer and very wealthy cocoa merchant in Bindura and Harare, the economic city of Zimbabwe.                         
My husband was among the people that were murdered in cold blood by the President Robert Mugabe Administration during the land dispute that just happened in Zimbabwe
that exclusively affected the rich white farmers and some few black’s farmers and this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some
lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reform Act.
Before the death of my husband he Lodged the sum of US$34,000.000.00 (Thirty Four Million U.S. dollars) in one of the Security Company here in South African. In the
cause of moving the fund to your account for investment my family has agreed to offer you Thirty percent (30%) of the fund for your assistant, while Seventy percent
(70%) will be investment in your Company / Country for my family.
After the death of my husband, our lives were in danger; I decided to move my children out of ZIMBABWE to SOUTH AFRICA where we took asylum status.
You can contact me through my son PAUL MUFARO with the telephone and email address below. Please note that this transaction is absolutely risk free and your
unconditional confidentiality is required for the safety of my family and the fund, please do call me for acknowledgement immediately you receive this letter on:  +27
73 414 9985 or Email: (, also send me your direct contact number for easy communication.
I anticipate your quick response,
Thanks and God bless you.
Mrs. Cadence Mufaro & Paul (Son)
Tel: +27 73 414 9985

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