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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.Susan James <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 08:55:56 +0000
Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR=2022



I only got your contact details from the Zimbabwe Exchange
Information Online Service on my personal programmed search on the
internet for a reputable company or individual to assist me sincerely
& confident that your information & profiles were very satisfactory,
so I decided to contact you immediately.

I am, Miss. Susan Mujuru,24 years old female from the Republic of Zimbabwe
in Southern Africa, am the Daughter of Late General Solomon Mujuru. My late father was a well
known In Zimbabwe militia leader. He died on August 15, 2011, Alamein
Farm. I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment
which I am receiving from my step mother Mrs. Joice Mujuru,And my mother
died when I was 2 years old, you can
read more about my late Father death through the below links: › solomon-mujuru-burial

I am seeking a long term relationship and investment assistance. My
father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 14.5 Million in
Standard Bank of South Africa with my name as the next of kin. So If
you are interested please contact me in my private email address
( ) for more details.

Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. I will give
you details in my next mail after receiving your acceptance mail to
help me,please my life is now in danger at the moment and you should
consider my condition.

Yours sincerely
Miss Susan Mujuru.

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