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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 12:52:47 +0200


Greetings. It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter I am Mr. JAMES SEPHO, I work for the Department of Minerals and Energy Resources in South Africa and by this letter I am representing and also acting on behalf of my two other senior colleagues whose mandate I have got to contact a trusted and reliable foreign based businessman, concerning a business matter of mutual benefit to all.

By this mandate given to me, we are in dire need of a foreign businessman to assist us in the transfer / investment of USD 21,000,000.00.twenty One Million United States Dollars). The key issues are the transfer and the subsequent investment of the said sum.

We are ready to go into agreement with you and also offer you a negotiable fee for the putting together and investment portfolio.

It does not matter whether or not you own a company or you invested funds before, we shall guide you on what to do. The bases will be that a major company won a contract from my Department and subcontracted it to you. More often, big trading company and firms of unrelated fields win contract and subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution.

We shall follow strictly all the legal procedures entailed in our laws in transferring the funds are legitimate and authoritative.

Please, be informed that under the South African Government monetary policy, strategic positioned officials are not allowed to operate or own bank accounts overseas. Hence our need is to look for a foreign partner to front for us.

We pray that you take the essence of this letter in strict confidence, as the three officials involved would not like to be exposed to the Sauth African Goverment or any other Authority, upon your acceptance to assist us.
Details will be made available to you as soon as you reply.

You are to contact me only on thisTelephone number+27-73-134-2212,or email address{} specifically meant for this business, for confidential, please don't call me during office hours / security reasons.

Thank you and God bless, as I wait for your urgent response.

Best regards


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