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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, 13 Dec 2005 21:56:24 +0100
Subject: **From Zumla Thaba**

>From The Manager Credit and foriegn Bills
Absa Bank South Africa Harfield,
Pretoria South Africa.
Tel:+27 738579499


My name is Zumla Thaba the manager,Credit and Foreign bills of ABSA BANK
I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our bank with account
number -908-14-255-114 whose name is Cho, Kwiyoung(Mr.) an American citizen
who died in a plane crash [Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengers
onboard on August 6,1997.And for your perusal you can view thisweb site

Since the demise of this customer, I personally have watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one
has come to claim his funds of US$15.5M (Fifteen Million Five Hundred
Thoudsand United States Dollars)
which has been with our branch for a very long time. On this note,
I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of Kin
as no one has come up as his next of kin. And the banking ethics here
does not allow such money to stay more than eight years, because the money
will be recalled to the bank treasury
as unclaimed fund after this period.

In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal when i was making
a research on a foreigner i will use in this great opportunity. For your
assistant I am willing give you 20% of the total amount. Upon the receipt of your
I will send you by fax or e-mail the letter of application which you will
type sign and send back to our bank to enable us start this processing of this claim.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and
that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for the smooth and easy
transfer of this fund has been finalized, this transaction will be completed within five
banking days of recieving your response, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the

When you receive this mail. Kindly reply to my private email address below or call me for more details

Please include your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick communication on my
personal email address:

Yours Sincerely,
Zumla Thaba
Manager Credit and Foriegn Bills
Absa Bank South Africa
Tel:+27 738579499

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