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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: David James Consultant <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:01:41 +0200
Subject: Attn:Sir/Ceo

FROM THE OFFICE OF DR DAVID JAMESPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT, DEPT.OF TRANSPORT AND AVIATION. SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA . TEL:+27- 83-715-3743 FAX:+27-86-603-4347PRIVATE EMAIL:davidjamesconsultant@hotmail.comAttn:Sir/CeoThis letter is not intending to cause you any embarrassment in what ever form, rather an appeal for assistance. I am the Principal Accountant attached to the Department of Transport and Aviation here in Johannesburg South Africa. I have decided to send forth this proposal to you after some due liberation in my department here in Johannesburg South Africa. I have in my possession the sum of US$25Million)Twenty Five Million United States Dollars which i discovered last month in my department as the chief principal accountant of Transport and Aviation. The above fund, which is now in a Governmental suspense account was accrued from recent contract awarded to a foreign firm for supplies of raw materials to my Department. This is in pursuant to the terms of our agreement under the international monetary fund (I.M.F.) and Paris Club dept-servicing program to pay out all outstanding dept owed to foreign firms. I am now seeking for your assistance for the easy transfer of the over-invoiced (surplus) amount as the foreign beneficiary of the fund when transfered to your desginated bank account of your choice in your country.And also in recognition of your personal executive profile and investment opportunities available in your country. At this juncture, I want you to stand as the original foreign contractor to the above fund to enable me put claim on the above sum. I will manipulate and authenticate the payment to your name and i am reassuring you that it is 100% risk free transaction and legitimate because all the necessary arrangements have been made and finalized here. Finally, I have agreed to give you 35% of the total fund due to your assistance, 5% t o be set aside for expenses made by both parties While the remaining 60% will be for my investment in your country after the transfer of the fund to your desginated bank account. Please if satisfied with this proposal, kindly notify me by telephone or send me an email on my private email address including with your private telephone and fax numbers so that I can furnish you with more details on how the transaction will be done. I will be with you in person before the fund arrives in your country, Please note that this is highly confidential and should be treated as such and kindly give me a call on my private telephone number :+27- 83-715-3743 for further details and clearifications. Thanks and best regards Dr.DAVID JAMES(Principal Accountant)
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