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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: john zuma <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 10:32:42 +0000 (GMT)

P.O.BOX 429



It is my humble pleasure to write you this confidential letter respective of the fact that you do not know me. I am in search of a reliable and trustworthy person that can handle transaction of this Good and great nature.

I am Hon. John Zuma Been Accountant/ Auditor General of the Reserve Bank of South Africa. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us. During my Auditing and Accounting for last month, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who was among the people that died at World Trade Center (WTC) New York on 11th September 2001 Terrorist Attack on the United States of America.

Right now, the fund is lying unclaimed in our custody hence there is no next of kin mentioned in his file with this Bank and there is no how we can reach his family or relative.
The said amount involved is the sum of $25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million U.S. Dollars). Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information secret o myself until now I am contacting you. In view of the fact that the deceased customer is a foreigner, it is highly important for the involvement of a foreigner who will pose as a next-of-kin.

Before I made up my mind to contact you, I have concluded every arrangement to ensure that you receive the fund as the next of kin. Also I have put in place necessary machinery for a hitch free transfer of this fund to your nominated Bank Account. All I need from you mostly is your trustworthiness, Honesty and cooperation. Based on that, send me immediately your bank account particulars where the fund will be transferred into for you. Because you shall be officially regarded as the New Beneficiary/ Next of Kin of the deceased.

As soon as the fund is confirmed into your account, you will be entitled to 30% of the total sum as gratification, while 70% will be for me which I would like to entrust into your account for investing on my behalf in your country pending when I will resign. I have a plan to resign my job upon your receipt of the fund in your account. I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. Please keep this transaction top secret even if you are not interested. However, If it interests you to champion this transaction, quickly reach me through the above contact email address (FOR SECURITY REASONS). Looking forward for your prompt reply.


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