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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 M Chombo" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:52:03 +0200
Subject: Investment Proposal!!!!!

My Dear

Please I write you in trust and confidence of my interest to invest in
Real Estates/Oil and Gas.

I am Ex-wife of Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo
Seeking your Partnership to transfer the Sum of $120m in your country for
investment plan. Ignatus Chombo is presently held in detention and will
not be granted bail soonest.

Kindly check the link for understanding :

Please do contact me on this email:

Trusting your confidentiality.

Madam Mariam Chombo

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