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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: pick nice <>
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 00:47:55 -0500
Subject: PLZ HELP ME.....



[Strictly confidential]

I am MR HASAN BINBO, the operational manager in account management

section in charge of credit and

foreign bills of one of the prime banks here in South Africa. I am

writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank who perished on


Boeing 737 PLANE CRASH into the red sea with the whole passengers on


He opened an account in this bank and died without a written or oral

WILL attached to the account. Since

his death, I personally watched to see the next of kin but all has

proved abortive as no one has come to

claim his funds and no other person knows about this account or

anything concerning it. The account has no

other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of his


here in South Africa.

The amount involved is 48, 223,000.00 USD. [Forty eight million, two

hundred and twenty three thousand United States Dollar]. We will start


first transfer with $8,000,000.00[Eight million]. Upon conclusion

without any disappointment from your side,we shall re-apply for the


of the remaining balance.

THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE and should be treated with utmost

secrecy and confidentiality.

Furthermore, your area of specialization or country of origin is not a

hindrance to the success of this transaction. We are presently


by the South Africa Civil service code of conduct laws that prohibits

civil servants from operating private foreign accounts.

I have discussed this issue with the Bank Manager who I must involve

for a smooth and successful transfer of

the fund to any account, which you will provide. However, I want you


act as the next of kin to the deceased by providing your bank account

where the fund will be transferred for immediate investment on any


project. The banking ethics here does not allow such fund to stay


than 2 years without claim hence the fund will be recalled to the

government treasury as unclaimed fund after this period of dormancy.



conclusion, 65% of the fund will be for me. 20% for you, 10% for


both in Africa and in your country and the remaining 5% will be set

aside for expenses both parties might incurred during the transfer


Kindly e-mail, fax or call me as soon as you receives this email. You

should also include your private fax

and phone numbers for easy communication.

Respectfully yours,


Tel: 874-76-3648313

Fax: 874-76-3648315


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