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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: moyo <>
Reply-To: moyo <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:38:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: good day

Dear Sir,

I know you will be surprised to read from me, but please consider this letter as a request from a family in dire need of your assistance. I am Mrs. GRACE MOYO of Republic of Zimbabwe I am the wife of late MAJOR JONAS MOYO of Zimbabwe; I am presently residing in South Africa.

I got your contact through South African Information Exchange (S.A.I.E) here in Johannesburg and on behalf of my only son, Mr. Martin Moyo, I decided to solicit for your assistance to transfer the sum of US$24Million (Twenty Four million United States Dollars) to your personal/ company account.

Before my husband’s death, he was in charge of arms and ammunition purchases for the Zimbabwe armed forces. He specifically drew my attention to this sum of money (US$24M), which was meant for the purchase of ammunition. He deposited this sum of money with a sealed metal box of in a Security Company in South Africa without the knowledge of Zimbabwe government. He also handed over the necessary documents to me.

I want you to understand that the lives and the future of my family depend on this money, I will be very grateful if you can assist us. We are now living in South Africa as political asylum seekers and the financial laws of South Africa do not allow us (asylum seekers) certain financial rights to huge amount of money. In view of this, I cannot invest this money here in South Africa; hence I am asking you to assist me to transfer this money out of South Africa for investment purposes.

For your effort, I am prepared to offer you 25% of the total sum while 5% will be set aside for international and local expenses incurred during the process and 70% will be for my family’s investment in your country through your advice.

Finally, my modalities on how the transfer will be done will be conveyed to you once we establish trust and confidence within ourselves. If you are willing to assist us, contact my son on this numbers above. Call +27733228122 my direct private email addresses :{ martin_my_moyo1yahoo.
com} reply me via this box for confidential. Looking forward to your urgent reply and please treat this as very confidential. Thanks and God bless you.

Best regards,

(For the family)

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