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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: "Grace Mugabe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2019 13:59:55 -0700
Subject: Looking forward for your urgent response.

Dear Friend,

This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we may have not yet met. I could have notified you about it at least for the sake of your integrity. But please accept my sincere apologies.

I am Mrs Grace Mugabe the wife to late Robert Gabriel Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe who passed away on September 6, 2019 in Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. I managed to get your contact details through your Country Online services here in my desperate search for a trustworthy person to assist me in this confidential business transaction,

My late husband deposited US$30.5 MILLIONS (Thirty Millions, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as family treasure in a security company using my son/his stepson name Mr Russell Goreraza, who is currently living in Johannesburg South Africa for security reason.

All relevant legal documents and details to back up these will be made available to you as soon response is received from you.Contact information of my son Russell Goreraza for direct address:(

Best regards,
Grace Mugabe

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