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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: fred101 <> (may be fake)
Date: 27 Oct 2004 22:51:19 -0000
Subject: from mr.yengeni




My name is Fred Yengeni a south African citizen, I got your Contact
through the south African chamber of commerce and industry. I am the
brother to mr Tony Yengeni . Mr Yengeni was the chairman of
parliament's in
south Africa and the former chief whip of the ruling political party
My Brother (MR. T. YENGENI), has as a result of trust and confidence he
has mandated that I search for a Reliable and trustworthy foreign
partner, who Will help receive some funds, which we have in cash
US$25.5m (Twenty Five Million five hundred thousand United States
Dollars Only) into a personal, company or any Reliable foreign bank
for safe keeping for a Short period of time, since our family bank
accounts Within and outside the country have all been Frozen by the

However I have managed to push the money abroad and it is presently in
the custody of a finance company. I got your contact through the South
African chamber of commerce and industry. I hope you are trustworthy
and will not sit on the money when you receive it.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 20% for you , 75% For my
family ,and then the remaining 5% will be used for the reimbursement of
the expenses we will incure in the process of this transaction.

There is no risk involved what so ever on this transaction, these funds
will be received in your favour upon proper application. If you are
interested in this business, please urgently contact me on the
above e-mail address.

Please endeavor to keep this business confidential.I will be most
grateful if you can come forward and help me. I would refer you to
these few
Websites for further information About my family.

1) <>

2) <>

Best regards

Mr.Fred Yengeni

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