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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: "Mr. Mark Guma Family" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2023 20:07:36 -0700

Before I start, I must first apologize for this unsolicited Letter to you.
I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to establish a
relationship, but you will realize the need for my latter to you.
*Dear Sir/Madam, *
You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know
me in person, please consider it as a request from a friend; *I am Mr. Mark
Guma,* the first son of *Mr. Peter C. Guma,* who was murdered in the land
dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact information through the South
African online service and decided to write you. Before the death of my
father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of *US$30, 000.
000. 00 (Thirty Million United States Dollars Only)* in one of the private
security and finance company, as if he fore saw the looming danger in
Zimbabwe. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and
chemicals for the farms and establishment of a new farm in Swaziland.
This land problem came when Zimbabwean LATE President Mr. Robert Mugabe
introduced a new Land Act reform, which wholly affected the rich white
farmers and some few black farmers; this resulted to the killing and mob
action by Zimbabwean war veterans and some lunatics in the Society. In
fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for
which my father was one of the victims. It is against this background that,
my family and I who are currently staying in South Africa decided to
transfer this money to a foreign country since the law of South Africa
prohibits refugees to open any bank account or to be involved in any
financial transaction.
As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of
seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred
into without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking
everything. All I seek for is honest person/persons, whom I can entrust my
future and that of my family; I must also let you know that this
transaction is *100% risk* free If you accept to assist our family. This
money I intend to use for investment and growth in your country. I have two
options for you, firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the
money for nominating your account for this transaction, or you can go into
partnership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in
your country.
Which ever the option you want, feel free to notify me. I have also mapped
out* 5% *of this money for all kinds of expenses we might incur in the
process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership I am
willing to give you *40% *of the money, while the remaining *55%* will
remain for my family use. Finally please treat this matter as urgent. I’m
in dire need to leave this country soonest.
Thanks for your mutual understanding and cooperation.

*Best regards, Mr. Mark Guma. {For the family} Tel: +27-827-207-555. *

*E-mail: <>*

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