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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: David Morgan <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 17:58:59 +0200
Subject: Private Mail

Mr.David Morgan.
Rand Merchant Bank
Rydall Vale Park
Douglas Saunders Dr.
La Lucia Ridge
Republic Of South Africa.

Dear Friend,

I cant imagine how you will feel receiving a sudden business letter from a remote country in far away
Africa and probably from someone you are not closely related with. But all the same, I believe we do not
need to be of blood relatives before we can establish cordial/business relationship. Having said this,I
think it is very important at this juncture to introduce myself to you.

I am Mr.David Morgan, Head: Enterprise Wide Risk and member of the executive and risk committees of
Rand Merchant Bank,South Africa.I got your information while browsing through internet in search of a
reliable person who will assist me.This is an urgent and very confidential business proposition.

On June 7, 2000,a Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the South African Institute of Mining and
Metallurgy, Mr.Kurt Kahle made a numbered time(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$10,500,000.00,(Ten Million, five hundred thousand Dollars).

Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we
sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his Private Business School. employers, that On the 31st
of July 2000, our client, with his 37-year-old wife and his son Michael, aged eight died in the Air France
concord plane crash bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise, with other passengers abroad
as you can confirm it yourself via the website below:

On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a "WILL",and all attempts to trace his
next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Mr.Kurt Kahle did
not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork
in my Bank. This sum of US$10,500,000.00 has carefully been fixed in my bank for safekeeping. No one
will ever come forward to claim it.According to South African Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the
money will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Kurt Kahle
so that the fruit of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt Government officials.I
am writing you because I as a public servant,i cannot operate a foreign account. I want to present you
as the owner of the funds so you will be able to claim them with the help of my attorney.I will like you to
provide immediately your full names and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary
documents which will put you in place as the beneficiary of the funds.

The money will be moved out for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. The paperwork
for this transaction will be done by the Attorney If you are interested, please reply immediately via my
email address and upon your response,I shall then provide you with more details that will help you
understand the transaction.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in real estate within your country.

Due to the nature of confidentiality in this Transaction our communication can only be via email and fax

Awaiting your urgent reply via email.

Thanks and my regards.
Mr.David Morgan.

NOTE: If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly delete/destroy this email in view of the
confidentiality of the proposed transaction and interest of personalities involved

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