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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: "From: Mr Hemphill Bruce" <>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 10:01:35 +0200

I am Mr.Hemphill Bruce, Bank Manager of a Reputable bank in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province,Republic of South Africa. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.On feb 27, 2001, a British Contractor with the South African Mining Corporation, (Name deliberately with held) made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$9,000,000.00 (Nine Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the South African Mining Corporation, that the depositor died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.I therefore made further investigation and discovered that the depositor did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents,US$9,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of Republic of South Africa,at the expiration of 10(Ten) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as THE NEXT OF KIN to the depositor so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get
into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

With my position now in the office and the influence of the top bank director of the South African Reserve Bank, I will make sure that this money is transferred into any reliable account, which you can provide with the assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for my sharing. Your physical presence is also welcomed in South Africa in which the transfer will be done in your presence. I will destroy all the documents of the transaction immediately you receive this money, leaving no trace in any place. I have the tendency to invest my own share of the money in your country in expectation to a sound management and a good capital returns according to your advice. Rest assured you stand no risk of any kind as the fund belong to us now, therefore after the eventual stage of the transfer of this fund, I am offering you 35% of the total fund, 60% will be for my investment while 5% will be set aside for expenses that might be incurred during t
he cause of this transaction. I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this fund transfer and other business ventures will derive a huge success there after.
Please send me your full name,age,occupation,address, confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication and also,Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Thanks and Regards.
Mr.Hemphill Bruce

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