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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: jackson Khumalo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 06:53:35 +0200

From: Mr. Jackson Khumalo.Department of Minerals And Energy,14 Pybus Road Sandton Johannesburg South Africa .Tel .0027 73269 6491 Fax 0027 865112823
This Email is for your kind attention:
URGENT RESPONSE ( Transfer of Funds)With a warm heart I offer my friendship, and my greetings, and I hope this email letter meets you in good time. It will be surprising to you to receive this proposal from me since you do not know me personally. However, I am sincerely seeking your confidence in this transaction, which I propose with my free mind and as a person of integrity. I am Mr. Jackson Khumalo , a native of Kwazulu-Natal in the Republic of South Africa , and presently one the directors with the department of minerals and Energy (contract award committee). I only got your contact details from the South Africa Exchange Information On-line Service on my personal programmed search on the internet for a reputable company or individual to assist me sincerely & confidential which your information & profiles were very satisfactory, so i decided to contact you immediately. 1. PURPOSE : I am humbly seeking for your assistance in the transfer of $9.5Million ( Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to your foreign account for the purpose of Investment with benefits. Hence my urgent request for your assistance. 2.SOURCE OF FUND: This amount to be transferred to your account came from and over-invoiced contract for the refurbishment of mines and Supplies in Krugger Gold Mine sector in the year 2003 by the Expatriate Company of Late Mr. Smith .B. Andreas (DECEASED). The contract which was originally valued for Fifty Million United States Dollars was manipulated to read Fifty Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars( US$59.5M). The Extra /Surplus / Over-invoiced amount of Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$9,500,000.00) is what i want to transfer into your account.
This contract has since been executed in year 2003 and the contractors have been paid all their contract bills remaining the over-invoice amount of Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars( US$9.5m) which i want to transfer . 3.REQUIREMENT :What i expect from you in your reply are the following so that we can proceed:(i) Your direct telephone and fax number..(ii). Your personal company / Work profile
4.DISBURSEMENT:I have resolved that you take 30% of the total amount for your assistance and the balance 70% would be left for me for my investment overseas. 5.SECURITY:All modalities for the transfer of this fund has been put in place and i have to use this opportunity to assure you that the transfer process from is entirety is 100% risk free and as such you should bring out your mind and work with me.6. The other point to note is that the nature of your work or business does not or will not affect or hinder the outcome of this transaction, I would now advise you to reply to my alternate email address which is: Thanks,Mr. Jackson Khumalo.
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