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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: <>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 15:49:53 0000
Subject: Hallo,it's a proffer.get back to me...


I am Mr.Kemass silver, the operational manager in account management
section in charge of credit and foreign bills of one of the prime
banks here in South Africa. I am writing in respect of a foreign
customer of my bank who perished on EGYPTIAN Boeing 737 PLANE CRASH
into the red sea with the whole passengers on board.

He opened an account in this bank and died without a written or oral
WILL attached to the account. Since his death, I personally watched
to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his funds 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 his company
here in South Africa.

The amount involved is 48, 223,000.00 USD. [Forty eight million, two
hundred and twenty three thousand United States Dollar]. We will
start the first transfer with $8,000,000.00[Eight million]. Upon
conclusion without any disappointment from your side, we shall
re-apply for the transfer of the remaining balance.

THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE and should be treated with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality. Furthermore,your area of specialization
or country of origin is not a hindrance to the success of this
transaction. We are presently affected by the South Africa Civil
service code of conduct laws that prohibits civil servants from
operating private foreign accounts.

I have discussed this issue with the Bank Manager who I must involve
for a smooth and successful transfer of the fund to any account,
which you will provide. However, I want you to act as the next of
kin to the deceased by providing your bank account where the fund
will be transferred for immediate investment on any viable project.
The banking ethics here does not allow such fund to stay more than
2 years without claim hence the fund will be recalled to the
government treasury as unclaimed fund after this period of dormancy.

I got your contact through my personal search to see if you can
assist by providing your safe bank account for the transfer or find a
reliable person capable of receiving such amount in his or her
personal account. At the conclusion, 65% of the fund will be for me.
20% for you, 10% for charity both in Africa and in your country and
the remaining 5% will be set aside for expenses both parties might
incurred during the transfer process.

Kindly e-mail, fax or call me as soon as you receives this email.
You should also include your private fax and phone numbers for easy

Respectfully yours,
Mr.Kemass silver.

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