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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: "philip felix" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 16:16:08 +0200

*Dr.Philip Felix.
#67 Cresent Close,
Lynnwood Road
Hatfield Pretoria
Gauteng, South Africa.

{Thirty Million United State Dollars}
{(RE: TRANSFER OF ($30,000,000.00 USD}
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 Dr.Philip Felix,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
($30,000,000.00 USD)Thirty Million 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 receive this 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 me as 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 ($30,000,000.00 USD) Thirty
Million United State Dollars only.

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 $11,000.000. Upon successful
transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for
the payment of the remaining balance of $19,000,000.00 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 30%, 10% will be for any expenses both parties incurred in the
process of this business and the remaining 60% 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
fax Numbers.........
{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. Contact
me urgently via email privately for further details:<><>

Best Regards
Dr.Philip Felix.*

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