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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: "peter matila" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 13:30:26 +0000
Subject: Foreign partner

Dear Friend,

I am MR.PETER MATILA director in the Department of Agricultural
Resources Gauteng province Republic of South Africa.
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise. I am
contacting you concerning a deal which i have on ground and i require
your support and trust to execute it perfectly. During our auditing in this

I came across some amount of money belonging to a deceased
foreign contractor in this department: Mr.Sheu Yuan-dong who died with
his wife and their only daughter on February 16,1998 in a plane crash. His
file has been dormant in this department without any claim of the fund in
our custody from his relation before my discovery to this development. The

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The fact that you are not a Taiwanese will not pose any problem for the
successful transfer of this fund into your account.

All arrangements to claim this fund as the Bonafide next of kin to the
deceased has been put in place and directives will be
relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to
assist me and also benefit your self from this great business
opportunity. Here in the Republic of South Africa as a civil servant, I
am not allowed to operate a foreign account. This is the actual reason why
will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of
kin to this department. The law stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after Nine years, the money will be transferred into the state
as unclaimed funds. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner.

As a native of South Africa i cannot stand as next of kin. I don’t want
this money to go into the state treasury as unclaimed Bill. Be assured, this
transaction is 100% risk free. In conclusion of this transaction, you
will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification, while 50% will be
me and 10% will be set aside for expenses in the course of this
transaction. Please ensure to keep this a "top secret" as I am still in
service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal
with you. I will fly down to your country for the sharing of the funds
according to percentages indicated above and further investments will be

Please keep this proposal a top secret, even if you don’t want to be a
part of this deal. I look forward to receiving your urgent reply to notify
me of your decision.
Yours faithfully,

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