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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:

Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 08:33:28 -0500


I am MR.ALBERT KIBEKI, Regional Manager of An Apex Bank in Johannesburg
,South Africa. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition
for you.
On June 6, 1999, a foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the South
Africa Mining Corporation, Mr. Richard Moss made a numbered time (Fixed)
Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve
Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my branch.Upon
maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply. After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we discovered
from his contract employers,the South Africa Mining Corporation that
Mr.Richard Moss died from an automobile accident. On further
investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to
trace his next of kin was fruitless.I therefore made further
investigation and discovered that Mr. Richard Moss did not declare any kin or
relations in all his official documents,including his Bank Deposit
paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) is still sitting in my Bank and the
interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each
year.No one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to South Africa Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the
money will revert to the ownership of the South Africa Government if
nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I
will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Richard
Moss so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the
hands of some corrupt government officials.This is simple, I will like
you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the
Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put
you in place as the next of kin.We shall employ the service of two
Attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the
necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for
the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world which you will
provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to
share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at
all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the
Attorney and my position as the Regional Manager guarantees the successful
execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply
immediately via the private email address below. Upon your response, I shall
then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will
help you understand the transaction.Please observe utmost confidentiality,
and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I
shall require your assistance to invest my share in your
country.Awaiting your urgent reply via my

Thanks and regards.


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