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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: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:38:19 +0200


hello dear,
I am Mr.Donald mkonnto, the Director of Delivery/Operations All States Security Company, South Africa. Our firm is a security company of high repute with years of outstanding service to the people of Africa especially top government officials and military leaders here in Africa.
I have resolved to contact you through this medium based on business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I have not discussed this transaction with anybody because it is of top secret.
To be explicit and straight to the point. Some time early 2000, a reputable client of ours deposited a consignment in our company's vault for safekeeping. And since then our client has failed to come forward to claim his consignment, which has accumulated a considerable amount of money in demurrage. Consequently, in our bide to contact this client to redeem the demurrage which his consignment had accumulated we discovered that our client was the former president of Democratic Republic of Congo, who was Assassin by his personal bodyguard after he was dethroned in the same year the consignment was entrusted into our care. Since the death of our client President Laurent Kabila, none of his benefactors has come forward to claim the consignment with us, which means that non-of his relatives or aids had any knowledge of this consignment. Hence out of curiosity I decided to secretly open the two boxes that our client deposited in our vault. And to my surprise I discovered that the two boxes that were registered as
treasure by our client actually contained a considerable amount of money in United States Dollars amounting to about (US$30.7million US Dollar). Since this development I have been nursing plans secretly also found out from Enquirer and the foreign media that our late client siphoned a lot of money from his country while he was in office as head of state. It is my conviction that the consignment in our vault was part of the money that our client siphoned and now that he is dead there is no trace to this money in our care. I am now soliciting your noble assistance to assist me in moving this money out of South Africa to your country for immediate investment with your assistance.
I have also decided that you will generously be entitled to (25%) of the total amount. Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to assist me of this project, I will immediately arrange and exchange all the rights of ownership of this consignment to your name to facilitate your easy clearance and moving of the consignment to your country for onwards investment, I have made a very big arrangement concerning the moving of this money to your country in cash through a diplomatic means, so you don’t have to worry about how to get the money to your country, all I need is your assistance to claim the money over there in your country on my behalf and as the owner.This transaction is 100% risk free. Please maintain absolute confidentiality on this matter.
i shall give you all my contact informations as soon as you show your interest to be involve in this project.
I await your most prompt response through my mail box,fax or my direct phone as above stated.
Yours faithfully.

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