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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: "rub chiz" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 09:51:59 -0500

Dear Partner,
My name is Mr. Ruben Chizea Naicker, resident at Sandton suburb of
Johannesburg South Africa. The inspiration to contact you is divine; after
years of seeking partnership of a resource person to help me realize a
project. I am a Swazi, a small kingdom within the South African sub-region;
I was an investment attorney/consultant to Mr. Andreas Schranner, a German
businessman with vast interest in properties. I met him in Manzini while on
a trip with some German business leaders on a visit to the palace of His
majesty King Mswati III in summer of 1999. He developed a special interest
in property market and development in the Kingdom of Swaziland and sorts my
services as a consultant; my primary assignment was to spearhead his
investment forays in the kingdom. Three months after our initial meeting
(i.e. January 2000) Mr. Andreas returned back and we met in Johannesburg
where he deposited the sum of ($25Million USD)Twenty Five Million Dollars
cash in a special vault with one of the South African leading commercial
bank, I witnessed the reference to the deposit but the column for the next
of kin was left open, the money was earmarked for a resort and casino
development in Mbabane capital of Swaziland, While we were formalizing the
process for the acquisition of the property, Mr. Andreas Schranner handed
over to me a copy of the deposit document while attended a wedding of the
daughter of a very close Spanish associate in Cape Town South Africa, he
called to inform me that he returning to Berlin and we scheduled to meet
after a month in London after a family holiday trip to New York and that was
the last I heard from him, I made all effort to contact him after about
seven weeks but when I could not reach him, I had to travel to Germany and
there I got the tragic news that on July 25 2000, my client Mr. Andreas
Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Eich and husband Christian and
their two children perished in the air France Concorde New York bound
flight; please refer and visit the following internet link.
I have made efforts to locate any member of his family with strong
biological links to my late client without success. The search has consumed
time and resources and the bank does not even know that the depositor is
since deceased and will not release the money to anybody unless I presents
his last WILL where it is stated so with the evidence that Mr. Schranner is
late, I the issue now is that I have to either present a next of kin as his
attorney or forfeit the deposit as I cannot claim it either. So I seek your
consent for a confidential co-operation with me so that I can present you as
the next-of-kin to my client, the money will be released to you as the
beneficiary. Note that this transaction is simple and risk free because as
a lawyer I will provide you with expert legal services, documentations and
transaction codes that will guarantee the successful execution of this deal.
All I require is your honesty and serious co-operation to enable us see the
deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
I will be willing to negotiate a sharing pattern if you wish to assist in
this. You will agree with me that it is a better judgment for us to
repatriate this money to your country and put into profitable/peaceful use
than allowing it to be confiscated and divided amongst the corrupt South
African bankers. If you are capable of handling this transaction, please
reply STRICTLY via this email address: your full names
and telephone number and an address to enable us discuss and proceed
accordingly, do not bother to respond if you are not interested and keep it
to yourself.



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