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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: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:13:46 +0200

Pisthane Molopo via mmabatho str.code 018
South Africa
TEL; +27-83-542-4155
FAX; +27-11-219-7100



I got your details from international chamber of commerce and industry, South Africa I am PRINCE GREG MBATHA JR from the Republic of Angola. My father was the personal assistance to the exterior Affairs minister in the government of the Angolan rebel leader, JONAS SAVIMBI, who was killed on the 22nd fed.2002 in the eastern Moxico province.

At the mid term of the rebellion which is still on till this date, my father thinking fast decided to send my younger brother and I out of Angola because the fate of our country was yet to be decided .My brother and I left Angola for South Africa with sum of US$10.5M (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS), sealed in a diplomatic box meant for the purchase of arms from South Africa

On arrival in South Africa, because we are political asylum seekers, we were not allowed to operate a bank account. So with the instruction of my father, I did not deposit the money in a security company nor did I declare the actual content to them because we wanted to be on a safer side. I told them that the box belongs to my foreign affiliate who is the beneficiary of the item. Unfortunately, because of my father’s political position and influence he was assassinated with our mother.

Since then, we have been looking for a reliable and trustworthy person to help us transfer this money into foreign account overseas prior to investment in that country. Luckily, I ran into your details and decided to contact you and see if you can be of any help to us.

We intend to share this money (US$10.5 M) as follows;

1. 15% of the total sum goes to you if you assist us in transferring this money successfully into your overseas account.
2. 5% of the total sum will be set aside to offset all bills and expenses incurred in the process of this transaction.
3. 80% of the total sum will be for my brother and I for investment in any country which you will be guide to us.

Please, note that this transaction is risk free on your side as we have concluded all modalities to aid this transfer. Should this meet your utmost consideration, please give me your earliest reply through phone before sending a fax. Be kind to provide me with your communication facilities for hitch-free and confidential link. Feel free ask questions you consider necessary.
The confidential in this transaction with absolute confidentiality

Yours sincerely


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