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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: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 12:33:32 -0800
Subject: private and confidential

TELE;+27 8351 36 826.


Dear Sir/madam,

I know that this business proposal will come to you as surprise since we don’t know each other before, but that doesn’t mean that you will not be of a great help to me, but firstly let me introduce myself, I am MR.PETER KUMALO, the CHIEF AUDITOR OF AMALGAMATED BANKS OF SOUTH AFRICA (ABSA). There is an account opened in this bank in 1982 and since 1992 nobody has operated on this account again but all this came to light after an internal auditing that I conducted last year November 2005 by going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out immediately it would be forfeited for no reason. The owner of this account is MR PAT MEHRABAN IRANI, a foreigner and a miner at Kruger Gold Co, a geologist by profession and he died since 1990.No other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that this company does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is (USD11.5M) ELEVEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS.

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only approved to any foreign account because the money is in US DOLLARS and the former owner of the account was MR PAT MEHRABAN IRANI.We will sign an agreement, but I assure you that it is real and a genuine business. Please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take immediately. Send also your private telephone and fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit. More so, I want us to meet face to face in other to sign a binding agreement together so that we can receive this money into a foreign account or any account of our choice where the fund will be safe and I will fly to your country for withdrawal, sharing and other investments.

I am contacting you because of the need to involve your full co-operation on how to make this work fine. I have correct information of this account, which will give to you later, if you are able and willing to handle such an amount of money in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit. Please I don’t want to make a mistake, I need your strong assurance and trust. With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any foreign reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. I will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place. You can also come to discuss with me face to face here in Johannesburg South Africa after which I will make this remittance in your presence and two of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money will enter the account. I will use my position and influence to effect the legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the Ministries and foreign exchange departments. At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 30% of the total sum, 60% will be for me, and meanwhile 10% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring. I look forward to your earliest reply.

Kind regards,


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