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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: "CHANCE EMMA WOLFGANG" <chances795@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 10:05:29 +0000
Subject: [MPORTANT LETTER FROM SOUTH AFRICAN ANGLO GOLD CORPORATION

SOUTH AFRICAN ANGLO GOLD
CORPORATION
444 SOUTH AFRICAN ANGLO
GOLD ESTATE
JOHNESSBURG
ATTN: PRESIDENT/ DIRECTOR
DEAR SIR/MADAM


IT IS WITH TRUST AND CONFIDENCE THAT I WRITE TO REVEAL THIS URGENT BUSINESS
PROPOSAL TO YOU. I WAS ASSIGNED BY MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND A FOREIGN PARTNER
WHO WILL ASSIST US IN PROVIDING AN OVERSEAS BANK ACCOUNT FOR THE TRANSFER OF
US$20,000,000.00 (TWENITY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)

THE ACTUAL CONTRACT VALUE WAS US$130 MILLON (ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY MILLION
DOLLARS ONLY). BUT MY COLLEAGUES AND I BEING MEMBER OF THE CONTRACT AWARD/
REVIEW COMMITTEE OVER INFLATED THE CONTRACT SUM TO US$150 MILLION (ONE
HUNDRED AND FIFITY MILLION DOLLARS ONLY). WITH THE INTENTION OF SHARING THE
REMAINING
BALANCE OF US$20 MILLION. WE THEREFORE WANT TO TRANSFER OUT OF THE COUNTRY
IN OUR FAVOUR FOR DISBURSEMENT AMONG OURSELVES THE SUM OF US$20 MILLION
ONLY.

ALSO WE AGREED THAT IF YOU/YOUR COMPANY CAN ACT AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS
FUND. WE WILL TRANSFER THE FUND TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOU WILL RETAIN 25% OF
THE TOTAL FUND FOR THE ASSISTANCE RENDERED, WHILE 70% WILL BE FOR US AND THE
BALANCE OF 5% WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR THE EXPENSES THAT MIGHT BE INCURRED BY
BOTH PARTIES DURING
THE PROCESS OF THE FUND TRANSFER. THE TRANSACTION WILL TAKE TEN WORKING
DAYS.

WE REQUEST YOU CO-OPERATE WITH US AND PROVIDE A CONVENIENT ACCOUNT NUMBER IN
DESIGNATED BANK WHERE THIS FUND CAN BE SAFELY TRANSFER TO, WE INTEND TO COME
OVER THERE ON THE COMPLETION OF THE FUND TRANSFER TO SECURE OUR SHARE

PLEASE, NOTE THAT WE HAVE BEEN CAREFUL AND HAVE WORKED OUT ALL THE
MODALITIES FOR A SMOOTH TRANSFER OF THE FUND TO YOUR CHOSEN BANK ACCOUNT
BEFORE CONTACTING
YOU. THEREFORE, YOU ARE ADVISED NOT TO EXPOSE THIS PROPOSAL TO ANYBODY FOR
THE PURPOSE OF SECURITY AND ITS CONFIDENTIAL NATURE, WE ALSO BELIEVE YOU
WOULD NOT
SIT ON OUR MONEY WHEN TRANSFER INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AS YOU WILL GET YOUR 100%
SHARE

BE REST ASSURED THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE,
NOTE: YOU CAN ENTER OUR COMPANY"S WEB SITE:
www.anglogoldashanti.co.za

MAKE USE THIS EMAIL ADDRESS TO REPLY ME:

chances795@hotmail.com

THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED RESPONSE

YOURS SINCERELY
CHANCE EMMA WOLFGANG
SOUTH AFRICAN ANGLO GOLD CORPORATION
CONTRACTOR AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
MANAGER

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