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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: "MAGENA WILLIAMS" <williamsmagena31@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 12:37:08 +0200
Subject: AMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (ABSA)


FROM MR WILLIAMS MAGENA
CAMBRIDGE HOUSE #I3
RANDPARK RIDGE,
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA.
Email:williamsmagena@hotmail.com
Phone:+27 738 812 538

 


ATTENTION: SIR/MADAM,

                                    AMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (ABSA)

This contact is tantamount to an unflinching desire to establish a long mutual business relationship based on trust and mutual understanding. I am Mr MAGENA WILLIAMS The consultant foreign exchange department of ALMAGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (ABSA) During the course of investigation it was found that the sum of  $10.3M {ten Million three Hundred Thousand US Dollars} has been lying dormant in a suspense account of our Bank.

This fund belongs to Mr. BRUCE C.WARREN and was safely deposited in a bank here but unfortunately the dastardly act of the terrorists September 11th on
the WTC building brought his transaction to a halt. From the latest information I received from the United States, Mr. BRUCE C.WARREN was a victim of the Tuesday 11th September attack on the World Trade Center {WTC} New York.

Going by the policy in our country as against civil servants operating foreign account and also to have that kind of huge amount in our local accounts, I solicited for an individual that would be of assistance in transferring this money into his foreign account for personal investment purpose. Having found out that your city are known for business acumen and trustworthiness in business dealings. Because of this I have to solicit for your assistance, with an unflinching faith, that you will not betray me in this business. This is the reason why I am asking for your assistance to enable me invest the fund in your city, settle down with my family and also have you as my mentor.

If you can handle the transfer for our joint benefit please get back to me so we can discuss, as what is required now is either for us to have you as his next of kin or to transfer the money in your name.

I want you to understand that this transaction must be kept in utmost confidentiality and secrecy as my future welfare hugely depend on it because the bank here might claim the fund if they got to know.

Thank you for your co-operation in advance with an assurance that this is the beginning of our long-term business relationship. We will discuss the percentage due when we talk.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours sincerely

BEST REGARDS

Mr MAGENA WILLIAMS
 
 

 



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