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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 khoza" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 18:43:00 +0000
Subject: Please Acknowledge Receipt.


Dear Partner,

I am Dr.Steve Khoza, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am an
Executive accountant with the South Africa Department of Minerals & Energy
First and Foremost my apology, for using this medium to reach you, for a
transaction/business of this nature. Be informed that a member of the South
Africa export Promotion Council (SEPC) who was at the Government delegation
to your country during a trade exhibition gave your enviable
credentials/particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential
cooperation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder 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 department of Minerals & Energy where I work as an executive
accountant and with the cooperation of four other top officials, we have in
our possession as overdue payments bills totalling twenty-one million, five
Hundred thousand U.S Dollars ($21,500,000) which we want to transfer abroad
with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to
receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign company account
to receive such funds. More so, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as
the South Africa Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore
account hence your importance in the whole transaction.

This amount $21.5m 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
Telegraphic transfer (TT) to any foreign bank account you will provide by
filing in an application through the Justice Ministry 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 30% of
the $21, 5 million, 60% for us and 10% for taxation and miscellaneous
expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat
it with 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.
Endeavour to contact me immediately through my email address whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you
not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out 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 t!
o treat this matter as very confidential, because we will not comprehend
with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service and
remember once again that time is of the essence in this business.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Dr.Steve Khoza.

NOTE:If you are interested,you should try your best
possible to send me the following information.Full
names and profile( address,age,marital status
etc.),Company name andaddress,Confidential tel. and
fax numbers and your banking information.Please,all reply
should be send to this email


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