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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: "nino martin" <ninomartin5_29@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: ninomartin1998@yahoo.com.ph
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:03:28 +0200
Subject: ANGLOGOLD CO.S/A




MR.NINO MARTIN.
ANGLOGOLD CO.S/A
OFFICE ADDRESS: 122-127 BOKSBURG RD. JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA.
ATTN: PRESIDENT/ CEO.
HTTP: www.anglogoldashanti.co.za

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

IT IS WITH TRUST AND CONFIDENCE THAT I WRITE TO REVEAL THIS URGENT
BUSINESS
PROPOSAL TO YOU. I WAS ASSIGNED BY MY
COLLEAGUES TO FIND A FOREIGN PARTNER WHO WILL ASSIST US IN PROVIDING AN
OVERSEAS BANK ACCOUNT FOR THE TRANSFER OF
US$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) THE ACTUAL
CONTRACT VALUE WAS US$120 MILLON (ONE HUNDRED
AND TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS ONLY), BUT MY COLLEAGUES AND I BEING MEMBER
OF
THE CONTRACT AWARD/ REVIEW COMMITTEE
OVER INFLATED THE CONTRACT SUM TO US$130 MILLION (ONE HUNDRED AND
THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS ONLY), WITH THE INTENTION
OF SHARING THE REMAINING BALANCE OF US$10 MILLION. WE THEREFORE WANT TO
TRANSFER OUT OF THE COUNTRY IN OUR FAVOUR
FOR DISBURSEMENT AMONG OURSELVES THE SUM OF US$10 MILLION ONLY. ALSO WE
AGREED THAT IF YOU/YOUR COMPANY CAN ACT
AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS FUND,

WE WILL TRANSFER THE FUND TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOU WILL RETAIN 25% OF
THE
TOTAL FUND FOR THE ASSISTANCE RENDERED,
WHILE 70% WILL BE FOR US AND THE BALANCE OF 5% WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR
THE
EXPENSES THAT MIGHT BE INCURRED BY BOTH
PARTIES DURING THE PROCESS OF THE FUND TRANSFER. THE TRANSACTION WILL
TAKE
TEN WORKING DAYS.

WE REQUEST YOU CO-OPERATE WITH US AND PROVIDE A CONVENIENT ACCOUNT
NUMBER IN
DESIGNATED BANK WHERE THIS FUND CAN
BE SAFELY TRANSFER TO, WE INTEND TO COME OVER THERE ON THE COMPLETION
OF THE
FUND TRANSFER TO SECURE OUR SHARE.PLEASE,
NOTE THAT WE HAVE BEEN CAREFUL AND HAVE WORKED OUT ALL THE MODALITIES
FOR A
SMOOTH TRANSFER OF THE FUND TO YOUR
CHOSEN BANK ACCOUNT BEFORE CONTACTING YOU.

THEREFORE, YOU ARE ADVISED NOT TO EXPOSE THIS PROPOSAL TO ANYBODY FOR
THE
PURPOSE OF SECURITY AND ITS CONFIDENTIAL
NATURE, WE ALSO BELIEVE YOU WOULD NOT SIT ON OUR MONEY WHEN TRANSFER
INTO
YOUR ACCOUNT AS YOU WILL GET YOUR 100%
SHARE.BE REST ASSURED THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE, IF THIS
PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTED, PLEASE CONTACT US THROUGH
THE ABOVE MAIL OR TELEPHONE BY INDICATING YOUR INTEREST AND SENDING THE
FOLLOWING TO US:BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER /ADDRESS/
TELEPHONE, FAX, TELEX, SWIFT/ CODE NUMBER, NAME OF BENEFICIARY E.T.C.
NOTE
THAT THE PARTICULAR NATURE OF YOUR BUSINESS
DOES NOT NECESSARILY MATTER IN THIS TRANSACTION.

THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED RESPONSE.
YOURS SINCERELY
MR.NINO MARTIN
(SENIOR ACCOUNTANT SOUTH AFRICAN ANGLO GOLD CORPORATION)
BOARD CHAIRMAN: DR. BENJAMIN KHUMALO. DR.KEN JACOB.
MR KELVIN WILLIAMS. MRS.JANE MGAKE. MRS.PATRICIA SEMONE

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