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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: "Mr. Walter Ntuli" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:09:30 +0800
Subject: Proposal for you

Good Day
I have a proposal for you - this is not mandatory nor will I compel you to honor it against your

will....I am Mr. David Walter Ntuli; I work with the bills/exchange at the foreign remittance department of a

leading bank. Which we want to keep under your supervision. I do request your consent to be fronted as heirs to my

late client money The Funds totaling is Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. whom you both

share the same last name I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this funds cannot be approved to a local

Bank here, because the funds is US Dollars. One of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family.
The mode of sharing after a successful transfer shall be 60% for us and 40% for you, if you are interested give me

your full names and direct telephone number so that I can contact you with more details.
Your response to indicate your Willingness in assisting us.
Thank you and God Bless,

My sincere Regards

Mr. Walter Ntuli

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