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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, 06 Jun 2005 09:34:11 +0200

Bank / Korporatiewe Bank ABSA BANK Limited / Beperk trading / handeldrywend as ABSA Corporate Bank/ABSA Corporatiewe Bank
Director Audit / Accounts Units, Foreign Remittance Department




Good day! My name is Mr. ANDERSON THEMBI, the Director
in charge of Audit /Accounts Unit, Foreign Remittance Department of
ABSA BANK. Your contact is be courtesy of Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
During auditing, verification/investigation in out bank at the end of last
fiscal (financial) year, I discovered the sum of US$ 3.400.000.00(THREE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOUSANDS UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in a dormant account belonging to an Israeli International businessman who died along with his family in a plane crash on 5th November, 1997 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. My investigations revealed no survival for claims as I have long been expecting someone to forward applications for claims as it applies to our banking regulations and if I do not remit this money out urgently, it will be forfeited.
However, I kept this information (SECRET) confidential within my
jurisdiction to enable me submit claims and transfer this fund through
trustworthy person whom I shall present as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased.
With my position now in the office, I can transfer this fund to any reliable
designated foreign account, with assurance that this fund will be intact
pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. All documents to
this transfer will be destroyed on confirmation of the money in your account thus leaving no trace to anything. Meanwhile, all domestic arrangements have been put in place awaiting your response to enable
me conclude this transaction.
At the conclusion of this transaction, you will be given 40%(USD 1,360,000.00 (USD1MILLION THREE AND SIXTY THOUSAND) United States Dollars of the total amount, 60% (USD 2,040,000.00)(US$2MILLION AND FORTY THOUSND) United States Dollars will be for me.
Kindly call me on my phone numbers above before sending any fax message for security reasons. I need your strong assurance and
God bless us.
Best regards.


NB:Please you will have to forward the following for me to process the transfer direct into your account and be assured that the transfer is going to be done successfully and your presence is not needed here in South Africa.and it is very confidentiall,thanks

1)Your account details.
2)Your names as in your passport.
3) First three pages of your international passport.
4) Your physical address.
5) Your bank physical address.
6)Your private telephone & fax numbers

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