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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: kyle harris <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:06:28 +0200

#4B Johnson Close,Lynnwood RoadHatfield PretoriaGauteng, South Africa.

{BUSINESS/INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY} {One Hundred & Seventy Two Million Six Hundred And Fifty Four Thousand United State Dollars} (RE: TRANSFER OF $172,654,000.00 USD BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY/YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED}

Dear Sir/Madam!!

I sincerely ask for forgiveness for I know this may seem like a complete intrusion to your privacy but right about now this is my option of communication. This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as unserious could come into your mind; but please consider it a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.
I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to starting a relationship. I am Mr.Kyle Harris, the personal account officer to the great late diseased who has an account in one of the top banks here in South Africa. The account was opened in 2001 and he died in 2004 without a written or oral WILL and since 2004 nobody has operated on this account again hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and Govt. of South Africa will confiscate the funds for their personal use which I personally don't want such incident to happen being that this is a great opportunity for me.
My contact is for you to please assist me to transfer the fund ($172,654,000.00 USD) One Hundred & Seventy Two Million Six Hundred And Fifty Four Thousand United State Dollars from a Cooperate Bank here in South Africa to an oversea account. First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential. I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of this great magnitude. I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the said amount into your safe account for onward investment.
You can either provide us with an existing account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receivethis money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business trusting in you and believing that you will never let me down either now or in future because this business is my life. The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of the company. My investigation through the National immigration department & Ministries here proved to meas well that he was single as at the time of his entry into the Republic of South Africa. The amount in this account is USD ($172,654,000.00 USD) One Hundred & Seventy Two Million Six Hundred And Fifty Four Thousand United State Dollars .
As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer this fund abroad for investment. Your assistance as a foreigner is necessary because the management of the bank will welcome any foreigner who has correct information to this account which I will give to you immediately, if you are interested to do this business with me. There is no risk in this business. With my position and my personal contact with the manager of the bank, the money can be transferred to any account you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing. We will start the first transfer with Fifty million [$50,000.000].

Upon successful transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining balance of $122,654,000.00 Million to your account. I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local person here, but can only be approved to any foreigner who has the correct information of the account, which I will provide for you. So you should provide me with your correct account details where you will like the fund to be transferred to, or you can set up a new account for the transfer even an empty account is ok.

At the conclusion of the transfer you will take 45%, 6% will be for any expenses both parties incurred in the process of this business and the remaining 49% will be for me. As soon as I hear from you and upon your strong assurance that you will not let me down once the fund goes into your account I will then start the processing of the transfer of the fund to your account without further delay. If you are interested, please forward the following information as below:
{1} Your Name/company's name and full address, {2} Bank Name:............ {3} Bank Address...{4} Account No:.........{5} Swift Code...{if any}{6} Account Holder's Name: ..........{7} Your telephone Nos.both Home, Office & Cell/Mobile and faxNumbers...{8} Your Occupation{9} Your Valid ID
Upon the receipt of the above details, payment will be activated by the feeding of your data into payment system, followed by a signal that will be sent to the paying bank to remit funds into your nominated bank account within 5 official working days of receipt of the above information.

Best Regards,Mr.Kyle Harris.
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