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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: Tue, 31 May 2005 16:26:08 +0200
Subject: partnership


Dear Sir/Madm,

It is my humble pleasure to write you this confidential letter irrespective
of the fact you do not know me. I am in search of a reliable and trustworthy
person that can handle transaction of this nature. I am THOMAS VUSI the
Director of Audit and account Section of ABSA Bank of South Africa I have
decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial
to both of us.

During my auditing and accounting for last moth, I have come across a very huge
sum of money belonging to a deceased person who was among the people that
died at the world trade Center (WTC). New York on the 11th September 2001
Terrorist Attack in the United states of America. Right now the fund is
lying unclaimed in our custody hence there is no next of kin mentioned in his
file with this Bank and there is no how we can reach his family or relatives.

The said amount is $13.7million (Thirteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United
states Dollars). Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information
secret to myself until now that I am contacting you. In view of the fact that the
deceased customer is a foreigner, it is highly important for the involvement of
a foreigner who will pose as the next-of-kin.

Before I made up my mind to contact you I have set up every conclusion to ensure
that you receive the fund as the next of kin, also I have put I place every
necessary arrangement for transfer of this fund to your nominated bank account.

All I need from you mostly is your utmost sincerity,trustworthiness and
co-operation. Based on that, send me immediately your bank account particulars
where the fund will be transferred, As soon as the fund is confirmed into your
account you will be entitled to 20% of the total sum as gratification,
while 70% will be for me and my colleagues 10% will be for the expenses on the
cost of transfer. I will like to entrust into your care my own share for
investment on my behalf pending on my arrival. I will not fail to inform you
that this transaction is 100% risk free.

If it’s interests you to champion this transaction, quickly reach me through
this confidential email address or telephone
+27 83 57 56 384 .Looking forward for your prompt reply.

Best Regards.
Thomas Vusi

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