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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: "fredrick zuma" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:52:57 +0100
Subject: urgent

From the desk of : Frederick Zuma
Isle of Houghaton,
1st Floor Wildsview,
entrance 2,
Boundary Rd,
Houghton Estate 2198
South Africa

I am Mr.Frederick Zuma Branch Manager Amalgamated Bank of South Africa
(ABSA) , Isle of Houghton,1st Floor Wildsviewentrance 2,Boundary Rd Houghton
Estate 2198 Branch, I have urgent and very confidential business proposition
for you. A British Oil consultant and contractor with the Kruger Gold
Company, Mr Raymond Beck made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve
calendar months, valued at US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million Dollars) in my
branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers, the Kruger Gold Company that Mr.Raymond Beck died in a
plane crash along with his wife Mr and Mrs Raymond & Dorene Beck in EgyptAir
Flight 990,1999 air crash(for more information about this crash and person
you can contact this website:

Since we got this information about his death and on further investigation,
I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace
his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that Mr.Raymond Beck did not declare any kin or relations in all
his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$12,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one
will ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of South Africa , at
the expiration of 7 (seven)years, the money will revert to the ownership of
the South Africa Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in
as the next of kin to Mr.Raymond Beck so that the fruits of this old man's
labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This
is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ
the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to
obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your
favor for the transfer.

A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 90%
for me and 10% for you.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch
Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are
interested, please reply immediately via the private email address above.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that
this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall
require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Awaiting your
urgent reply via my confidential email address.


Frederick Zuma

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