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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: ann kam <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 10:15:03 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hello

Dear Sir/Madam,
In order to transfer from a Bank some amount of money,I have the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important
business believing that you will never let me down either now or in the future.

I am Anne Kamoto.a consulting auditor of prime banks here in South Africa.
On June 6,2001,an American Mining consultant/contractor with the South African Mining corporation, Mr.Gregory A.Williams made a numbered
time (fixed)deposit for twelve calendar months,value US $14,200,000.00 an account. On maturity, The bank sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month,The bank sent another reminder and finally his contract employers,the South African Mining corporation wrote to inform the bank that
Mr.Gregory A.Williams died from an automobile accident,that he died without MAKING A WILL, and all attempts by the American Embassy to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore, made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Gregory .Williams in fact was an immigrant from Jamaica and only recently obtained American citizenship.He did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank deposit paper work. This money total U S $ 14,200,000.00 is still sitting in my bank as dormant Account.

No one will ever come forward to claim it, and according to South African banking policy,after 5years, the money will revert to the ownership of the
South African Government if the account owner is certified dead. This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner who will stand in
as the next of kin to Mr.Gregory A.Williams,and a Bank Account abroad will then facilitate the transfer of this money to the beneficiary/ next of kin.

This is simple, all you have to do is to immediately send me a bank account anywhere in the world for me to arrange the proper money transfer paperwork. This money total USD ($14.2M) will then be paid into this Account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you and 5% for expenses that might come up during transfer process. There is no risk at all, and all the paper work for this transaction will be done by me using my position and connection in the banks in South Africa.

This business transaction is guaranteed. If you are interested, please reply immediately through mypersonal email sending the following details:
(1) Your Full Name/Address
(2) Your Private Telephone/fax Number.
Please observe the 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.
I look forward to your earliest reply.
Anne Kamoto
Tel: 874-763-427980
Fax: 874-763-427981

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