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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: "Mike Tutu" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 16:05:08 +0200
Subject: very important project

Good Day,

This is Mr. Mike Tutu, the Director of Project Implementation, Ministry of
Mining &amp; Natural Resources&nbsp; South Africa. I am making this contact
based on my Department needs for an individual/company who can help us in the
transfer of a contract entitlement of Fourteen Million ,Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollar.

The funds represent the balance of the total over-invoiced amount of the
original contract value, which was executed in my Department by a foreign
contracting firm in the past. Be rest assured that this transaction is 100%
safe and legal in all areas, we are only handicapped in the circumstances, as
the South African Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate
offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction.

My colleagues who are also involved have given me the authority to propose
that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction your share will be
Twenty percent of the total Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollar, and seventy-five percent for us while five percent goes for
taxation and miscellaneous expenses and charity organization.

Following the confidence we reposed in you, we do hope you will not disappoint
us. So, please kindly send me your direct information to enable me reach you
with further details upon your acceptance to help us.

Once again, please remember that time is of great essence in this transaction.
I will appreciate your prompt response.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Mike Tutu.


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