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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: wspnMutanga <development909@yahoo.es>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 00:37:37 -0800
Subject: (Joint Investment Opportunity ) wwg

THOMAS MUTANGA
DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY
MINERALIA CENTRE
652239 ANDRIES STREET,PRETORIA
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA


Sir/Madam,

I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as we are using the fastest and
confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/partnership in a business transaction which
is of mutual benefit.

I am a member of the Government of South Africa Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in the
Department Of Minerals and Energy (DME) Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm in
DME by my Committee.This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M. U. S. Dollars. This was
done deliberately.The over-invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the project. We now
want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with DME into any Overseas Account which
we expect you to provide for us.

SHARE: -

For providing the account where we shall remit the money into, you will beentitled to 20% of the
money,70% will be for me and my partners while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to cover
any expenses that may be incurred by us during the course of this transfer,both locally and
international expenses.

It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of this nature described here. The
assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies.
More often than not, big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and
subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.

We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Reserve Bank of South Africa, as well as the
Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and transferred if
we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is
successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all documents used from all the
concerned Government Ministries for 100% security.

We are ordinary civil servants and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get rich.
We want this money to be transferred to the overseas Accounts for us, before the Government starts
Auditing all Federal Government owned Parastatals.

Please contact me immediately through email addresses below whether or not you are interested in this
deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal.

But where you are interested, kindly send your names,phone and fax numbers immediately via my private
email addressese below for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal as time is of the
essence in this business.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation,

Yours Truly,

MR.THOMAS MUTANGA

Email: advancement111@katamail.com
Email: dmepretoria@atlas.cz

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