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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Dr William James" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 06:15:24 +0200
Subject: Very Urgent

From: Dr:William James
7th Floor Kamkholo Bld
Cnr Brown and Voortrekker Str
Nelspruit 1200 Johannesburg
South Africa.

(RE: TRANSFER OF ($ 36,000,000.USD

My name is Dr William James, and I work in the International operation
department in a Local Bank here in South Africa On a routine inspection I
discovered a dormant domiciliary account with a BAL Of 36,000,000 (Thirty
Six Million USD) on further discreet investigation I also discovered that
the account holder has long since passed away (dead) leaving no beneficiary
to the account

The bank will approve this money to any foreigner because the former
operator of the a/c is a foreigner and from Iraq in particular and I am
certainly sure that he is dead and nobody will come again for the claim of
this money A foreigner can only claim this money with legal claims to the
account Holder therefore I need your cooperation in this transaction

I will provide the necessary information needed in order to claim this
money, But you will need to open an account where this can be transferred.
If interested send your private Telephone No And Fax number including full
details of the account to be used for the Deposit I wish for utmost
confidentiality in handling this transaction as my job and the future of my
family would be jeopardized if it were breached

The informations will be as follows

Bank Name:
Bank Address:
A/C Name:
A/C Number:
Swift Code:
Your Telephone:

I want to assure you that the transaction is without risk if due process is
followed accordingly Finally I will give you 35% for your corporation.

I look forward to a favorable response from you

Thank's for your maxinium co-operation and remain blessed

Best Regards

Dr:William James.

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