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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: "Chris Bongani" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 01:31:20 -0700
Subject: Work with me

Good day,

I am requesting for your assistance in a business transaction.

I work as a director of projects in the department of minerals and energy
here Pretoria, South Africa.

I represent a four member committee vested with the responsibility of
contracts evaluation. We (the committee) have in our possession overdue
payment bills totaling Twenty seven Million United States
Dollars($27,000,000.00 ) which we want to transfer abroad.

We would like you to receive this funds on our behalf because the South
Africa civil service code of conduct does not allow us to operate offshore
accounts hence we are contacting you.

This fund ($27,000,000.00 ) is the balance of the contract value executed in
our department by a foreign firm, which we the committee deliberately
over-invoiced and want to transfer to any foreign bank account you will

We will require you to fill an application form that we shall submit to our
country's justice department for the transfer of right and privilege of the
former contractor to your name.

The actual contract cost has been paid to the original contractor, leaving
the balance of the inflated ($27,000,000.00 ) mentioned above which we want
to legally obtain approval from the appropriate government authorities and
our apex bank for disbursement.

You will be paid 15% of this fund for your effort if we are able to reach
working terms, 75% for us and 10% for tax and miscellaneous expenses in your
country and our country. The business is legal and your area of
specialization is not a hindrance to executing of this transaction.

I am available on this email {} to entertain
any questions concerning the clarity of this transaction; please, send your
full names, telephone numbers and contact details for more information if
you are interested.

Thank you, I wait your reply.


Mr.Chris Bongani

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