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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, 19 Jul 2005 16:26:07 +0200
Subject: *****KIND PERUSAL.******

Dear Friend,

I am an Accountant with one of the leading bank here in South Africa. My name is Mr.Santos Biya. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer BENJAMIN JESSE, a National of your country, who used to work with ministry of mining in South Africa. There in after my client On Sept 2, 1998, my client, his wife, and their children were involved in plane crash swissair flight 111, unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his families, hence I
contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, here in South Africa. Where the deceased had an account Valued about ($14,5 Million U S Dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased willingly so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($14,5 Million U S Dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money.60% to me and 30% to you and 10% for unforeseen expenses. An attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarised all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may incure.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you. From any breach of the law. Kindly reply through my alternative email:

Best Regards,

Mr.Santos Biya.

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