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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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Fraud email example:

From: "DR AWALU KABELO." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 02:47:57 +0100
Subject: URGENT.



I am Dr. AWALU KABELO, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am a
Director of Project Implementation with the South Africa Department of Minerals
& Energy. First and foremost, I apologize using this medium to reach you
for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality
and prompt access reposed on this medium. I have decided to seek a confidential
co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for
the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because
of the nature of this transaction.

Within the Department of Minerals & Energy where I work as a Director and
with the cooperation of four other top officials, we have in our possession
as overdue payment bills totaling Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand
U. S. Dollars ($14,500,000.) which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance
and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said fund
on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such
funds. More so, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa
Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore account
hence your importance in the whole transaction.
This amount $14.5m represents the balance of the total contract value executed
on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials
over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been paid
to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said
amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Key-tested
Telegraphic Transfer (K.T.T) to any foreign bank account you will provide
by filing in an application through the Justice Ministry here in South Africa
for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you.
I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you
be willing to assist us in the transaction, your share of the sum will be
30% of the $14.5 million, 60% for us and 10% for taxation and miscellaneous
expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat
it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization
is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have
reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. Endeavor
to contact me immediately through my direct Tel/fax numbers above whether
or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me
scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal I want to assure
you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of
this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong assurance and
guarantee that our share will be secured and please remember to treat this
matter as very confidential matter, because we will not comprehend with
any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service and remember
once again that time is of the essence in this business.
I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,



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