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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: Daniel Solow <>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 02:15:50 +0100
Subject: Confirm receipt

Daniel Solow
Direct Tel: +27-839-494288, +871-762-535915
Direct Fax: +871-762-535916
Personal/private email:

I am Mr. Daniel Solow, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am an Executive Accountant with
the South Africa Department of Mining & Natural Resources. First and foremost, I apologized using this
medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and
prompt access reposed on this medium. Be informed that a member of the South Africa Export Promotion
Council (SEPC) who was at the Government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave
your credentials/particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the
execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top
secret because of the nature of this transaction.

Within the Department of Mining & Natural Resources where I work as an Executive Accountant, we
have in our possession as overdue payment bills totaling Eighteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand U.
S. Dollars, which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign individual
to receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign account to receive such funds. More so, we
are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow
us to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction.

The fund represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a
foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract
cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which
we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T) to any foreign bank account
you will provide by filing in an application form which will be fax to you, with the Justice Ministry here in
South Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you hence provide me with
your private/direct fax number.

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the
transaction, your share of the sum will be 15% of the fund, 80% for us and 5% for taxation and
miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat it with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful
execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint
me. Endeavor to contact me immediately through my above telephone and fax number or my e-mail
address, whether or not you are interested in this deal. I want to assure you that my partner and myself
are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong
assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured and please remember to treat this matter as very
confidential matter, because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active
Government Service and remember once again that time is of the essence in this business.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours truly,
Daniel Solow

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