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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: walter mbense <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 07:01:42 +0200

From The Desk Of Manager Credit and foriegn BillsAbsa Bank South AfricaHarfield,Pretoria South Africa.Attention: Director/Ceo.
My name is Dr.Walter Mbense,the Manager,Creditand Foreign bills of ABSA BANK SOUTH AFRICA. I am writing inrespect of a foreign customer of our bank with accountnumber -908-14-255-114 whose name is Cho, Kwiyoung(Mr.), anAmerican citizen who died in a planecrash[Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengersonboard on August 6,1997.And for your perusal you canview this web site
Since the demise of this customer, I personallyhas watched with keen interest to see the next of kinbut all has proved abortive as no one has come toclaim his funds of US$5.5M (Five Million FiveHundred Thoudsand United States Dollars) which hasbeen with our branch for a very long time. On thisnote, I decided to seek for whom his name shall beused as the Next of Kin as no one has come up as hisnext of kin. And the banking ethics here does notallow such money to stay more than eight years, becausethe money will be recalled to the bank treasury asunclaimed fund after this period.
In view of this I got your contact through a tradejournal when i was making a research on a foreigner iwill use in this great opportunity. For your assistantI am willing give you 30% of the total amount. Upon thereceipt of your response, I will send you by fax ore-mail the letter of application which you will typesign and send back to our bank to enable us start thisprocessing of this claim.I will not fail to bring to yournotice that this business is hitch free and that you shouldnot entertain any fear as all modalities for thesmooth and easy transfer of this fund has beenfinalized, this transaction will be complited withinfive banking days of recieving your response, afteryou apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased.When you receive this letter. Kindly send me an e-mail orcall me signifying your decision. Please include your privateTel/Fax numbers for quick communication on my personalemail.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr.Walter Mbense.
Manager Credit and Foriegn BillsAbsa Bank South Africa

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