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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Peter Sesane" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 22:06:18 +0200
Subject: Executive Request (Confidential Mail)

Good Day,

Although, I do not know you in person, I have received your contact via personal search on the internet, Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Peter Sesane a banker in the ABSA Bank Ltd, South Africa. I have a profitable transaction for you. I was attending a business luncheon in September 1999 in china and
I got introduced to Mr. Andreas Schranner, a renowned German real Estate/property magnate.
He later employed my services as a banker and investment Consultant, Three months later he invited me and told me of his desire to open a fixed deposit account,
he could fall back to on retirement, under my professional guidance and based on my advice he made a fixed deposit of USD15,500,000(Fifteen Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) in one of our branches.
This deposit was for 5 years and upon maturity I made effort to contact my client, l could not reach him. I was forced to travel to Germany and there I got the
tragic news that, my client Mr. Andreas Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Andrea Eich, his son in law Christian, and their children Maximilian and Katharina,
all perished in the Monday, 31 July, 2000 plane crash in western German city of Moenchengladbach.
Please Click here and find out what happened to the Mr. Andreas Schranner :
After further investigation, l also discovered that Mr. Andreas Schranner did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his
bank deposit. And l remember he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Fifteen Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most? Is that according to the
laws of my country at the expiration of 6years, the funds will revert to the ownership of the South African Government as unclaimed funds if nobody applies to claim
the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Andreas Schranner so that you will be able to receive
his funds. Should you be interested please send me your full names, Tel. number and current residential address and I will prefer you to reach
me on the email address ( finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this Transaction.
Please also note that i am willing to give you 20% of the total money for your assistance
Your earliest response to this proposal will be appreciated.
Be well and God Bless

Best Regards,
Mr. Peter Sesane

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