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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: Jason Kane <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 11:58:33 +0200
Subject: I Await Your Prompt Response.

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Jason Kane, I trained and work as an external auditor for Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) South
Africa, working as part of a bigger team that covers the entire South Africa region.

An investor (name with-held) died without naming a next of kin to his fund in my bank. The amount is
$15.5M and banking regulation/legislation in South-Africa demands that i notify the fiscal authorities after
three years. The above set of facts underscores my reason to seek your permission to have you stand as
the next of kin to the deceased. This funds will be approved and release in your favor as the next of kin if
only you will adhere to my instruction and cooperate with me in one accord.

I have all the legal and Banking details of my deceased client that will facilitate our putting you forward as
the claimant/beneficiary of the funds and ultimately transfer of the $15.5M.Consequently, my proposal is
that I will like you as a Foreigner to stand in as the next of kin of the funds deposited in my bank. I am
writing you because I as a public servant, I cannot operate a foreign account.

The proceeds of this account valued at 15.5 million dollars can be paid to you and then you and I can
share the money, 50% to me amounting to US$7,750,000.00 dollars and 40% for you amounting to
US$6,200.000.00 and 10% amounting to US$1,550,000.00 for miscellaneous expenses that might arise.
I would want you to understand that this is a DEAL.

Do contact me immediately whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me
scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where you are interested, contact me only
through my private email address below for more details as time is of the essence in this business.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in real estate within your country.

Due to the nature of confidentiality in this Transaction our communication can only be via email and
phone mostly.

Awaiting your urgent reply via email.

Thanks and my regards.
Mr. Jason Kane
Kindly Respond To My

NOTE: If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly delete/destroy this email in view of the
confidentiality of the proposed transaction and interest of personalities involved.

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