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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: ben kubheka <>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 03:03:00 -0800 (PST)


Rep. Of South Africa.

Tel.: +27-733-888-576


I am Mr. Ben Kubheka, head of delivery operations in one of the respected security companies here in SOUTH AFRICA, with years of outstanding services. I have resolved to contact you through this means proposing this business of mutual benefit to both of us. To hit the nail at the head, January 1997, a client deposited a consignment in our company declared as valuables for safe keeping, with the agreement of claiming within 8 months of depository.

Consequently, in our bid to contact this client in November 2003 just few days before our 2003 audit, we discovered that the bonfire beneficiary was the former president of the federal republic of Zaire, late MOBUTU SESE SEKO.
When I decided to see through this consignment, I found out that the content was a considerable amout of money in US-DOLLARS mouthing to US$20 MILLION (twenty million us dollars), hence there is no trace of this money, I have decided to divert this funds for my own personal use but will need a foreign partner.

I am here by soliciting of your assistance to transfer this funds out of South Africa. I have concluded all the necessary arrangements to enhance a successful transaction.

Upon the received of your reply I will immediately arrange to transfer the ownership of this consignment to your name to facilitate an easy clearance and transfer of the funds to your designated account overseas.

I have decided to give you 20% of the total sum and 80% for my investment. after a successful transfer of this funds. NB: Considering my position here, I would like you to handle this proposal with utmost secrecy even if you're not in position to assist me please. Although I had never disclose this to anyone except you and I also promised to keep it confidential.



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