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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: "Mr Benjamin Both" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 16:31:05 +0200
Subject: Co-Investor Needed

Company:Eking Montana Scandens Associates
Post Code:8001
Place:Cape Town
Country:South Africa
Objective:To establish a new company in your country of residence.

Co-Investor Needed


I write you this letter from my office table here at the Eking & montana,soliciting for your outright willingness in the matter that I bring to your notice.Our client,Mrs Jacqueline Weston is of the intention to Invest in your country having lost her husband recently.As a routine protocol of this establshment and in order to meet the above mentioned objective,we are currently sourcing for a co-investor.We therefore write you in relation to being her co-investor.As a result we request that,if you find this mail suitable and sincerely desire to be a part of this partnership as well as give expert advice,do contact us for a business proposal. Your quick response will be appreciated.

Additional information: We can meet with co-investor and discuss terms and conditions.You will be receiving shares from the proceeds of the investment.Should you wish to establish a voice confirmaton of this matter;You can call using the telephone number above.Do note that a co-investment agreement will be set up for this partnership.Project Information Market conditions for the proposed activity.

Kind of cooperation sought with company or co-investor: Please be very detailed and propose one specific project/business plan. The Eking & Montana proposes an investment opportunity for co-investor.The company has not identified company/co-investor for implementing this project. Business plan and proposal have been developed and available upon request.

Business plan prepared in Cape Town South Africa in English Proposed amount for this project: US$ 7.25 million Company Can conduct business in English and Willing to be contacted by intermediary companies/co-investors;Wants to be a representative or distributor.Proposed project is located in the territory of priority development.

Yours Faithfully,
Benjamin Both for,
Mrs Jacqueline Weston.

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