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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: "HENE B. BONISWA" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:44:31 -0500
Subject: my apology,

DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL AND ENERGY 207 BATES DRIVE, LOEVENSTEIN BELLVILLE, JOHANNESBURG 2000 SOUTH AFRICA. FROM: Hene B. Boniswa. PRIVATE Dear Partner, I am Hene B. Boniswa. a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am the Chief Director: Ministerial Services, with the South Africa Department of Minerals & Energy.First and Foremost my apology, for using this medium to reach you, for a transaction/business of this nature.I have the sum of USD9,000,000(Nine million United States Dollars) with a private equity investment trust company for safe keeping only.I wish to invest in a country with stable economy.My interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms. I am interested in placing part of the fund in your company,if your country's bi-laws allows foreign investments.Endeavour to contact me immediately through my email address, whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. please remember to treat this matter as very confidential, because i will not comprehend with any form of exposure as i am still in active Government Service and remember once again that time is of the essence in this business. I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. Yours faithfully, Hene B. Boniswa. NOTE:If you are interested,you should try your best possible to send me the following information.Full names and profile( address,age,marital status etc.). Company name and address,Confidential tel. and fax numbers.
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