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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: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 11:52:37 +0000
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?FOREIGN=20INVESTMENT=20CAPITAL?=

Attention Please!

We wish to bring to your urgent attention a 15 year-tenor loan for
government and private bankable projects at very low interest rate per
Our investment and holding outfit is managing an investment portfolio
in excess of US$ 5billion and offers loans for procurement financing,
Growth and Expansion, Turnkey infrastructure projects, Start-up Ventures,

Economic Developments etc. There is proof of funds.

The lender's term sheet is flexible and the loan syndicator has
efficient professional disposition. With a diligent borrower, the review
the project Executive Summary or Proposal (Business Plan) and processing

of the loan application takes about 10(ten) banking days while Draw
down can be achieved in 30 days. The moratorium is negotiable between
12-36 calendar months depending on the nature and size of the project.

The minimum facility amount is US$ 5million and the maximum per
application is US$ 1.5billion disbursed directly through the project bank
the contractors handing the project or suppliers of the materials and

The options available include Direct Contractor finance, direct
institutional finance, Local working capital funds, and public sector funding.

The repayment concepts are attractive and include irrevocable Direct
Debit Letter or Order, Equity Conversion, Debt Management Scheme, Product

Market Programme, Budgeting Provision, and Stock Management Scheme. The

repayment scheme is negotiable.

The promoter, bank, leading underwriters, and consultants are the
managers. To guarantee return on the investment, a firm commitment is
required from the end-users of the product or services and a Cash-flow
projection for 5 years for Public ventures, Build, Operate and transfer
or private investments with potentials for growth, revenue, or going
public in emerging growth market. Other details shall be worked out for

your project financing upon receipt of your formal application.

If you are interested, please reply immediately via email, giving your

full names and address, contact phone, including mobile, fax and email
and website addresses.

Thanks for your anticipated prompt attention to this matter while I

Yours faithfully,
Afam Markson (Principal Loans Officer)
Mandela Merchant Bank (PTY) Ltd
2 Southern Life Building, Thibault Square, Cape Town, Republic of South


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