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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: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 13:31:36 +0200
Subject: proposal

Dr marcus Mbongeni.

( TRANSFER OF ($ 26,000.000.00 USD}

Dear sir,
We want to transfer to overseas account
($ 26,000.000.00 USD) twenty six
United States Dollars) from a Prime Bank in Africa, I
want to ask you to quietly look for a reliable and
honest person who will be capable and fit to provide
either an existing bank account or to set up a new
Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even an
empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as
you will remain honest to me till the end for this
important business trusting in you and believing in
God that you will never let me down either now or in

Dr marcus Mbongeni,the Auditor FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF
SOUTH AFRICA (FNB), during the course of our
auditing,I discovered a floating fund in an account
opened in the bank in 1990 and since 2001 nobody has
operated on this account again, after going through
some old files in the records I discovered that the
owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the
money is floating and if I do not remit this money
out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing. The
owner of this account is Mr.SEAMAN ZILLI, a
foreigner, and an industrialist, and he died, since
2001. and no other person knows about this account or
any thing concerning it, the account has no other
beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well
that SEAMAN ZILLI until his death was the manager
Diamond Safari [pty]. SA.

The amount involved is (USD 26 M)
twenty six million United States Dollars only. I want
to first transfer $16,000.000 [ six million
United States Dollar] from this money into a safe
foreigners account abroad before the rest, but I
don't know any foreigner ,WHO BEARS THE SAME NAME AS THE DECEASED . I am only contacting you
as a foreigner because this money can not be approved
to a local person here, without valid international
foreign passport, but can only be approved to any
foreigner with valid international passport or
drivers license and foreign a/c because the money is
in US dollars and the former owner of the a/c Mr.
SEAMAN ZILLI(AND YOU SHARE THE SAME NAME) is a foreigner too,and the money can
only be approved into a foreign a/c.

However, we will sign a binding agreement, to bind
us together. I got your contact address from the
south african online network, I am revealing this to
you with believe in God that you will never let me
in this business, you are the first and the only
person that I am contacting for this business, so
please reply urgently so that I will inform you the
next step to take urgently. Send also your private
telephone and fax number including the full details of
the account to be used for the deposit.
I want us to meet face to face to build confidence
and to sign a binding agreement that will bind us
together before transferring the money to any
account of your choice where the fund will be safe.
Before we fly to your country for withdrawal, sharing
and investments.

I need your full co-operation to make this work
fine, Because the management is ready to approve
this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account, which I will give to you,
upon your positive response and once I am convinced
that you are capable and will meet up with
instruction of a key bank official who is deeply
involved with me in this business. I need your strong
assurance that you will never, never let me down.
With my influence and the position of the bank
official we can transfer this money to any foreigner's
reliable account which you can provide with assurance
that this money will be intact pending our physical
arrival in your country for sharing. The bank official
will destroy all documents of transaction immediately
we receive this money leaving no trace to any place
and to build confidence you can come immediately to
discuss with me face to face after which I will make
this remittance in your presence and three of us
will fly to your country at least two days ahead of
money going into the account. I will apply for annual
leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that you
are ready to act and receive this fund in your
account. I will use my position and influence to
obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of
this money to your account with appropriate clearance
from the relevant ministries and foreign exchange

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given
35% of the total amount, 60% will be for me, while
5% will be for expenses both parties might have
incurred during the process of transferring.
I look forward to your earliest reply through my
email address.

Yours truly
Dr marcus mbongeni

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