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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: 08 Apr 2022 17:49:33 +0200
Subject: Kindly Respond If you have A Financial Need

Greetings  xxx

I came across your e-mail contact prior to a private search while in need of your assistance. My name is Grace Mugabe, the wife of the Late Zimbabwe leader Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who died on 6th September 2019.

 I have investment funds worth Eighty-Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($87.500.000.00 ) and I need a trusted investment Manager/Partner because of my current status, however, I am interested in you for an investment project assistance in your country may be from there, we can build business relationship in the nearest future.

I am willing to negotiate an investment/business profit sharing ratio with you based on the future investment earning profits.

If you are willing to handle this project on my behalf kindly reply to me via my private email.

 to enable me to provide you more information about the investment funds.
Your Urgent Reply Will Be Appreciated.

Best Regards
Mrs. Grace Mugabe

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