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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 10:22:09 -1200

FROM THE DESK OF:Dr Themba Maleke

Attn: Mr. President / C.e.o

I am Dr Themba Maleke, Director of Project, South Africa
Department of
Mining & Energy. I am making this contact with you based on
committee's need for an individual/company who is willing to
assist us
with a solution to a money transfer. First and foremost
using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of
magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt
reposed on this medium.

In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a
respected and
honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity,
trust and
confidentiality. I have decided to seek a confidential
co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described
Here under 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 Mining of Energy where I work as
Director of Project Implementation and with the
co-operation of four other top officials, we have in our
possession as
overdue payment bills totaling Fourteen Million, Five
Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars (US$14,500,000.) which we want to
transfer abroad
with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign
company/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
account hence your importance in the whole transaction.

This amount $14.5m 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 Key tested Telegraphic Transfer (K.T.T) to any
foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an
application through the Ministry of Justice here in South
Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the
former contractor to you.

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 20% of the$14.5 million, 70% for us and 5% for taxation
miscellaneous expenses and while balance 5% will go to

The business itself is 100%safe, on your part provided you
treat it ith
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 e-mail to
confirm whether
or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it
will enable
me scout for another foreign partners to carryout this deal.

I want to assure you that my partners 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 very confidential,
because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as
we are still in active
Government Service. Once again, remember that time is of
great essence in this transaction wait in anticipation of
your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Themba Maleke

N.B Please you can reach me through my personal email
address above
for futher clarification.Also acknowledge me with your Phone
Fax number for easy communication as well.

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