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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 03:30:13 -0800

Bill Anderson.
TEL/FAX: 27 735279663

Attention: Sir,

Let not this message come to you as a surprise.

My name is Bill Anderson a Bank Manager of one of the branches of the
Amalgamated Bank of South Africa ( ABSA).

I am prompted to send you this mail out of my dire need of your
assistance in the Business that I am herein to introduce to you.

As a manager of my Bank Branch, I discovered a non resident account
that has not been operated for more than 13years, this particular account
has in it USD$15.5m and belong to one Mr. Bruno Orwell a German who
was a gold miner and hada company (ORWELL GOLDLINE COMPANY) here in South

>From my findings, this Man Mr. Bruno Orwell is late I discovered that
he died in car crash in Cape Town 16years Ago During theApartheid Era
in South Africa.

Having gone through the old files, this man never made provision for
the next of kin when the account was opened at this aspect, I became
conscious of Moving the money out and I have Discussed with my Head office
Manager regarding this, and he is very much Game for us to move the
Fund out of South Africa for our use if I can find a foreign Partner who
we can use his name as the next of kin to late Mr. Bruno and get the
fund transferred to his account.

This is why it has become important for me to Solicit for your
Connivance in make this possible.And we have agreed that if you be of
assistance, that we will compensate you with 30% of the Total sum while we set
aside 10% to redeem any expenses that may be incurred by you or we in
the Process of this transaction.

Please if this is acceptable to you, Kindly get back to me immediately
so that we can discuss the modalities of the transaction and note that
this transaction is 100% risk free.

I expect to hear from you soon.
Thank you and God bless you.

Yours Faithfully,

Bill Anderson.
Tel: 27 735279663.

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