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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: "Albert Armstrong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:57:40 +0100

From: Paul Armstrong Gunda
12 Loerie Street; 2001 Johannesburg,
South Africa.


Dearest Sir/Madam,

This may appear a bit surprising to you but very beneficial as a matter of urgent am desperately looking for a foreign partner whom I can trust to handle some investment of fund movement.
I am Albert Armstrong, son of late Brig-Gen Paul Armstrong Gunda, who was murdered by the Zimbabwean veterans. I am writing from South Africa. I got your address from the Internet through the consultancy directory during my search for a reliable and honest person to transact this business with.

I write to solicit for your special assistance to a family shattered by a tyrannical government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party-president Robert Mugabe. Because of land and farm land crisis in Zimbabwe, the government secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members to dispossess the land being occupied by white farmers. This action has led to the killing of some members of opposition party including my Father.
Before the death of my Father, he anticipated some dangers and so he deposited the sum of US$10.5Million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my name with a Security and Finance Company in south Africa with the intention of I using it to open fertilizer manufacturing company in our neighboring country (Swaziland) after my university education.

Paul Armstrong Gunda, a brigadier general and hero of the liberation war, died after his car allegedly collided with a train on the Harare-Marondera road in 2007.
Before his death, regarded as suspicious by many Zimbabweans, there were persistent allegations that the 1 Brigade commander was among the military officers involved in a failed plot to topple Mugabe. they have been terrorizing me, but I managed to escape to South Africa as a political asylum seeker (refugee) but my position in South Africa does not permit me to open an account or run any huge financial business.

That is why I want this fund to be transferred into your private account so that you will assist me to invest it in your country. Hence, if you agree to assist me, I will offer you 25% of the money for your assistance, 5% will be for the possible expenses incurred in the process of this transaction, while 70% will be for my family investment in your country under your close supervision.

I need your urgent and confidential response together with your direct mobile number for hitch-free communication.

Kindly contact me on this number +27 815 057 464 or Email: or

Best regards,

Albert Armstrong

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