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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:01:31 +0200


Attention: Dear Sir/ Madam,

How are you doing together with your family? I guessed all is well. As I have said I am Mr. Festus Bengu, the chief auditor in charge of foreign remittance unit. Amalgamated Bank of South Africa {ABSA}. I have urgent and very confidential business proposal for you. An American Gold consultant/contractor with the South African Solid Gold Corporation, Mr. William Bryant made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$14,000,000.00 (Fourteen Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the South African Solid Gold Corporation that William Bryant died in a plane crash in Alaska Airlines Flight 261(for more information about this crash and people who died you can contact this website: ttp:// /.On further investigation,

I found out that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. William Bryant did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$14,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of Republic OF South Africa, at the expiration of 7 (Seven) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. William Bryant so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer.

A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 30% for you. There is no risk at all as the attorney and my position will do all the paperwork for this transaction as a prominent official of ABSA guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested please contact me immediately via email or telephone and fax numbers above, upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.

Please send me your confidential telephone numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Waiting for your urgent reply.

Thanking you in anticipation of your valued cooperation, yours truly

Mr. Festus Bengu
Chief Auditor In charge of Foreign Remittance UnitAmalgamated Bank Of South Africa (ABSA)
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