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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: "ruben chiz" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 18:21:25 -0600

Dear Partner,

My name is Mr. Ruben Chizea Naicker, resident of Sandton suburb of
Johannesburg South Africa. I have a dual nationality as a South African and
a Swazi, a small kingdom within the South African sub-region; I served as an
investment attorney/consultant to Mr. Andreas Schranner, a German
businessman with vast interest in properties whom I met in Manzini Swaziland
while on a trip with some German business leaders on a visit to the palace
of His majesty King Mswati III in the summer of 1999. He developed a special
interest in the lucrative property market and development in the Kingdom and
sorts my services as a consultant; my primary assignment was to spearhead
his investment forays in the kingdom. Three months after our initial meeting
(i.e. January 2000) Mr. Andreas, we met again in Johannesburg, and after the
meeting he made a vault deposit of the sum of ($25Million USD)Twenty Five
Million Dollars with one of the South African leading commercial bank and I
witnessed the reference to the deposit, the money was earmarked for a resort
and casino development in Mbabane capital of Swaziland, While formalizing
the process for the acquisition of the property, Mr. Schranner left copies
of the bank transaction document while attended a wedding of the daughter of
a very close Spanish associate in Cape Town South Africa from where he
called to inform me that he is returning to Germany and we scheduled to meet
in a month time in London after a family holiday trip to New York and that
was the last I heard from him, I made all effort to contact him after about
seven weeks but when I could not reach him, I had to travel to Germany and
there I got the tragic news that on July 25 2000, my client Mr. Andreas
Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Eich and husband Christian and
their two children perished in the air France Concorde New York bound
flight; please refer and visit the following internet
I have made efforts to locate any member of his family with biological links
to my late client without success. The search has consumed time and
resources, I have since notified the bank of this incidence as a
representing attorney, and the bank is expecting me to either present a next
of kin as his attorney or forfeit the deposit as I cannot claim it either.
So I seek your consent for a confidential co-operation with me so that I can
present you as the next-of-kin to my client, the money will be released to
you as the beneficiary. Note that this transaction is simple and risk free
because as a lawyer I will provide you with expert legal services,
documentations and transaction codes that will guarantee the successful
execution of this deal. All I require is your honesty and serious
co-operation to enable us see the deal through. I guarantee you that this
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law.
I will be willing to negotiate a sharing pattern if you wish to assist in
this. You will agree with me that it is a better judgment for us to
repatriate this money to your country and put into profitable/peaceful use
than allowing it to be confiscated and divided amongst the corrupt South
African bankers. If you are capable of handling this transaction, please
reply STRICTLY via this email address: indicating your
full names and telephone number and an address to enable us discuss and
proceed accordingly, do not bother to respond if you are not interested and
keep it to yourself.



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