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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: Themba Fassie <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 22:40:43 +0200
Subject: Chief Auditor FNB.

Chief Auditor FNB.Themba Fassie.E-mail: I am Themba Fassie (Mr.), the Chief Auditor of the First NationalBank(FNB) Gauteng Branch. I got your contact address from the Trade andExhibition Centre here in Johannesburg and you are the only person that I have contacted in this business with believe that you will not let me down and we will work together to develop trust and confidence in thisbusiness. I crave your indulgence as I contact you in such a surprisingmanner and I want you to bear in mind that this is not a hoax but Irespectfully insist you read this mail carefully as I am optimistic itwill open door for unimaginable financial reward for both of us. After going through some old file in the records department, I discoverthat there is an account opened in 1997 belonging to the late Mr. MorrisThompson a foreigner and a miner at Kruger Gold Company a geologist by profession and since 2000 nobody has operated the account following Mr.Morris Thompson death in 2000. Mr. Morris Thompson lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 flying to San Francisco andSeattle from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which crashed into the Pacific Ocean not far from Los Angeles on January 31st 2000, including his wife and his only daughter (Thelma Thompson, and daughter Sheryl Thompson). You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site: After my further investigation I also discovered that Late Mr. MorrisThompson's next of kin was his daughter who died with him. The account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proves to me as well that his company does not know anything about this account and the account.Since then, no other person knows about this account, and the amount involved is US$32 Million (THIRTY TWO MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS). I would like to first transfer US$12 million into your overseas account as a foreigner because Mr. Morris Thompson was a foreigner then later I will transfer the remaining US$20 million before joining you in person for disbursement and investment opportunity which you will be an asset to it. I am only contacting you because of your foreign status as this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can be approved to any foreign account because the money is in a foreign currency (US dollars) and former owner of the account, Mr. Morris Thompson was a foreigner. Because of the need to involve a foreign account, I need your fullco-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready toapprove the payment to whoever has the correct information to thisaccount, of which I will give you later, if you are able to handle suchamount in strict confidence and trust according to my instruction andadvice for our mutual benefits because this opportunity will never comeagain in our lives. I need a trustworthy person in this business because I don't want to make a mistake and I need your strong assurance, trust and reliability. With my position now in the office and the influence of the top bankdirector of the First National Bank (FNB), I will make sure that thismoney is transferred into any reliable account, which you can provide with the assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for my sharing. Your physical presence is also welcomed in South Africa in which the transfer will be done in your presence. I will destroy all the documents of the transaction immediately you receive this money, leaving no trace in any place. I have the tendency to invest my own share of the money in your country in expectation to a sound management and a good capital returns according to your advice. Rest assured you stand no risk of any kind as the fund belong to us now, therefore after the eventual stage of the transfer of this fund, I am offering you 30% of the total fund, 65% will be for my investment while 5% will be set aside for expenses that might be incurred during the cause of this transaction. I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this fundtransfer and other business ventures will derive a huge successthereafter. I will use my position to effect approvals for onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance form from the ministries and foreign exchange department. I am counting on your sense of confidentiality, as it is my desire that you keep this to yourself and endeavor to furnish me with your private telephone (mobile preferably), fax numbers as soon as you get this mail for oral clarification. Looking forward to your urgent respond via my private email address below. Yours truly, Themba Fassie (Mr.)Chief Auditor FNB.E-mail:
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