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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: "steve lucas" <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 11:17:54 +0100
Subject: Reply me

#4Clain Avanue,Bedfordview
Johannesburg South Africa.

Attn: Director/Ceo

Reply me Urgently
Attention: Sir/Madam.

I have the pleasure in writing this letter to you in strict Confidence and I
know that my letter will come to you as a great Surprise, since we have
never met before. I was the Financial Adviser to late Mr. Alex J Carlos here
in South Africa, Until his untimely death in the year 2002, in a ghastly
motor Accident, which claimed his life along with that of his wife and only
Son, who were his co-occupants in the ill fate automobile, with which he was
traveling on that fateful day. I was his financial adviser and I reside and
work here in the Republic of South Africa, [RSA].

For the past three years, I have done everything humanly possible to locate
anybody of Alex's descent that could still be alive to date, for the purpose
of turning over to such person the wealth that Alex left behind, but it has
been abortive and without success. The magnitude of efforts that I have made
in the above direction without success has now left me in doubt that Alex's
family tree must have permanently gone extinct unfortunately.

In the light of the foregoing, I am now faced with a new challenge and moral
question of whether to allow the Bank where Alex had his money to
misappropriate it to themselves, because Alex has no survivor, or next of
kin, who can demand for and collect the money from this bank.
I am convinced that in the absence of any next of kin/survivor, I his
Financial Adviser is the closest person to Alex alive, haven worked with him
in all his business projects in my professional capacity.

Haven thus made up my mind; I am contacting you to solicit your cooperation
in that regard, because you are a foreigner like Alex. A combination of the
facts that I was his Financial Adviser and the fact that you are a foreigner
like him will make my using you as his next of kin/beneficiary, to recover
all the wealth he left behind very simply .My primary interest now is the
sum of Twenty Six-Million US Dollars [US$26,000,000.00], with interests
accruing, which he left in a Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa, My idea
here is that the two of us will share this US$26.m, in an agreed ratio, when
it is paid to you, because we need each other to make this happen.

I make sure that I get all the necessary legal documents that will be used
to back up any claim we choose to make to the money and no questions, or
suspicions will be raised anywhere, since I was his real Financial Adviser
until his death, I have earlier put the Bank where this money is, [which is
located and situated in Johannesburg South Africa], on notice that soon I
will be assisting my client's next on kin in claiming and withdrawing the
money. In respond the Bank agreed, but ask me to do so very quickly, or have
the account frozen and the fund forfeited.

Therefore, I earnestly solicit your honest/very sincere cooperation, in this
matter. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will not involve any breach of the law. To that extent also
guarantee that you will not be at any danger/risk of any breach of
international/local law and will therefore not have any problem now, or
ever, as a result of this transaction.

I look forward to receiving your urgent reply to this offer, by above e-mail
address soonest.
Best regards,


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