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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:

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 12:19:01 +0200
Subject: Urgent Fund Transfer

From: The Manager
Credit and Foreign Bills
ABSA Bank of South Africa
Harfield, Pretoria South Africa.
Tel: 27 76 314 1420
Fax: 27 11 507 6266

Attention: Sir/Madam,

My name is Mr. Douglas Baloyi, the Manager, Credit and Foreign Bills of ABSA
BANK SOUTH AFRICA. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our bank
with account number :908-14-255-114 whose name is Andreas Schranner (Mr.), a
German property magnate age 64, his wife Maria, 62, their daughter Andrea
Eich, 38, her husband Christian, 57, and their children Katharina, 8 and
Maximilian, 10, all perished in the jet. [Concorde AF4590] With the whole
passengers on-board on Monday, 31 July, 2000, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK and for
your perusal you can view this website below:

Since the demise of this customer, I personally have watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his funds of US$18.5M (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) which has been with our branch for a very long time.
On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next
of Kin as no one has come up as his next of kin. And the banking ethics here
does not allow such money to stay more than eight years, because the money
will be recalled to the Bank Treasury as Unclaimed Fund after this period.

In view of this I got your contact through a Trade Journal when I was making
a research on a foreigner I will use in this great opportunity. For your
assistant, I am willing to give you 25% of the total amount. Upon the
receipt of your response, I will send you by fax or e-mail the letter of
application which you will Fill, Sign and send back to our bank to enable us
start this processing of this claim. I will not fail to bring to your notice
that this business is Hitch-Free and that you should not entertain any fear
as all modalities for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been
finalized, this transaction will be completed within Five (5) banking days
of receiving your response, after you apply to the bank as a Relation to the

When you receive this letter, kindly send me a Fax or an email through my
personaldirect I.D Address: signifying your decision.

Please include your Private TelFax Numbers for quick communication
regarding this great opportunity that will definitely benefit both of us.

Yours Truly,

Mr. Douglas Baloyi.

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