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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:

From: "" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 21:58:17 +0200 (MEST)

From: Mr. Charles Khumalo
Address: First National Bank,
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Phone: +27 73 147 1363
Date: 25th March 2007



I am Mr. Charles Khumalo the Director in charge of Auditing section First National Bank of South Africa. Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise. I have decided to contact you on a project that will be beneficiary to both of us. During our auditing, I came across some amount of money belonging to a deceased foreigner Mr.Sheu Yuan-dong who died with his wife and their only daughter on February 16, 1998 in a plane crash. The fund has been dormant in his account with our bank without any claim of the fund in our custody from his relation before my discovery to this development. He was the Governor of Taiwan Central (Reserve) Bank. The said amount was $ 22.6 m US dollars (Twenty two Million six hundred thousand US dollars).

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All arrangement to put claim over this fund as the true 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 to this great business opportunity.

In this country as a civil servant (A Banker), we are not allowed to operate a foreign account. This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request. Our Banking law stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Ten years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business transaction is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and no citizen here can stand as next of kin. I don't want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.

Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free. Then note that 40% of this fund will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account while 60% will be for me. There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Please you have been advised to keep "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 or any place we shall agree on for subsequent sharing of the fund according to the percentages previously indicated and further investment will be discussed. On your acceptance to be my partner please email me for a brief discussion before we proceed. Please keep this proposal secret, even if you don’t want to assist me.

I look forward to receive your reply as soon as possible.

Thanks and have a prosperous new year.


Mr. Charles Khumalo

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