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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:

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 13:22:50 +0100
Subject: Management

From Temba Colins.
20 fourth Avenue Louis botha
Johannesburg,South Africa.

We want to transfer to overseas the sum of Forty Six Million United States
Dollars (U.S. $46,000,000.00) from a in Africa.

I want to ask you to kindly look for a reliable and honest person who will
be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set
up a new bank account immediately to receive this money,though an empty
bank account could serve this purpose as long as you will remain honest
to me till the end of this important business trusting in you and believing
in God that you will never let me down either now or in
time to come.

I am Temba Colins,the external auditor of a Bank.During the course of our
auditing,I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank
in 1990 and since 1993 nobody has operated on this account again. After
going through some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner
of the account died without a ?Heir apparent to the throne? hence the money
is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited
for nothing.

The owner of this account who is a foreigner and an industrialist died,
since 1990, until now no other person(s) knows about this account or could
give any documentary evidence concerning this account. As such this account
has no other beneficiary and my
investigation proved to me as well that until his death was the manager
Oriental Diamond Company,in South Africa. However, if you are interested
in this business we will start the irst money transfer with Forty Six Million
U.S.Dollars(U.S.$46,000,000.00) upon
successful transaction without any disappointment from you. We shall also
re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account.

While the total amount involved is Forty Six Million United States Dollars
(U.S.$ 46,000, 000.00)only. I would want us to make a first transfer of
[Forty Six Million United States Dollar.(U.S.$20,000,000.00)from this money
into a safe Foreigners account abroad before the rest. I am only contacting
you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local account,
without valid international foreign ?Agreement?, but could only be approved
to any foreigner with valid international credentials:passport or drivers
license and foreign account because this sum is in U.S. dollars and the
former owner of the account is a foreigner too, thus the money could only
be approved into a foreign account.However, knowing all this, we will reach
a binding agreement in this regards.As a matter of urgency,I will inform
you the next step to take, while you Send your private telephone and fax
number including the full details of the account to be used for the

I want us to meet face to face to build confidence and to sign a inding
agreement that will bind us together before transferring the money to any
account of your choice where the fund will be safe. Before we fly to your
country for withdrawal, sharing and investments,I need your full co-operation
to make this business a success, because the management is ready to approve
this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account, which I will give to you,upon your positive
response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up
with the instructions of a key bank official who is deeply involved with
me in this business. I need your strong
assurance that you will never let me down.

With my influence and the position in the bank we can transfer this money
to any foreigner's reliable account which you can provide with assurance
that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country
for sharing.And to build confidence that
you can come immediately to discuss with me face to face after which I will
make this remittance in your presence and three of us will fly to your
country at least two days ahead of the money going into the account.I will
apply for annual leave to get visa
immediately I hear from you that you are ready to act as directed.

To prove the authenticity of the business I will use my position and influence
to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this money to your
account with appropriate clearance from the relevant ministries,foreign
exchange departments, embassy and
Board of Internal Revenue Services.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total amount,
60% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have
incurred during this process.

I look forward to your earliest reply through my email address.

Temba Colins.

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