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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: Mrs Grace Mugabe <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:58:09 +0700

Dear Respectful,

I am sorry to inconvenience you by sending this short mail to you for
seeking your assistance. Before I forge ahead, I must explain my self to
you to enable both of us to know each other better.

Mr Robert Mugabe former president of Zimbabwe was my late Husband. I am
Mrs Grace Mugabe, I am a widow woman since my husband died at the aged
of 95 in a private hospital in Singapore.

Before my late husband died he deposited the sum of $9.800.000.00 USD in
one of the reliable and trusted bank in Thailand Asia, for family
investment purpose, which I have inherited as the next of kin.

I need you great urgent assistance now to invest the fund in your
country through your directives as a citizen.

What I need from you, is for you to stand on my behalf to claim and
receive this fund from Thailand.

I have a lot to explain to you but show me your intention first by
replying my mail to you, On your confirmation of this message and
indicating your interest, I will furnish you with more details.

Kindly reply back, I will explain more better to you.

Mrs Grace Mugabe

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