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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: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 08:55:35 +0200

Norwood Grant Avenue No_43,
Tel:011 672 987 234{ext5}
South Africa Johannesburg.

We wish to inform you of our e_business computer lottery draws.We declare you as one of the winners of the RSA-GLOBAL LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.Yourself attached to ticket number 632-00076-2435-133, with serial number 771-09 drew the lucky numbers 27-77-889926, and consequently won the lottery possibly because our computer shows you have visited so many companies we`re running the E-business for.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of RANDS 6,000,000.00{6mRands}in United State Dollar One Million United State Dollar{1MUSD$} in cash credited to file REF NO:SAR/23457677/2005.This is from total prize money of RANDS 102,000,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe and Middle East and Asia as part of our International Promotions Program, which is conducted monthly.
Your fund is now available for claim. However due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this promotion.
We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our mid year high stakes ZAR100, 000,000 Million International Lottery.To begin your claim,please contact your claim agent and sent to him with your secret pin code Kxa9v2005 and your reference number BWBI:35431656003/72.
You are also advised to provide to him with these informations listed below:
A. Name in full
B. Address
C. Nationality
D. Age
E. Occupation
F. Phone/Fax
Contact him on this specified Contact Details For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Mr Thobile Mbali,
Market Street ,
Carlton Centre House,
South Africa Johannesburg.
Tel:+27 73 938 2626.
Email: Or

This Lottery is approved by the South Africa Gaming Board (ISAGR } and is also supported by F餩ration Internationale de Football Association{FIFA SUPPORT}as South Africa Host the 2010 World Cup R.S.A promotion lotterty goes international.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than Two Weeks after notice. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please remember to quote your reference and secret pin code numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Ms Pel Nthabise

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