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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:

Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 14:29:23 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY

TEL: +27-73-229-3399


May I use this opportunity to introduce myself to you
as JOHN SAVIMBI. I am the son of the late MR. JONAS SAVIMBI,
the leader of the Angolan Revolutionary
Group known as the (UNITA) who died while on active
duty in an effort to liberate our people. I am
contacting you with the believe that we will develop a
cordial business relationship, which will be
beneficial to both parties.

I am currently in possession of ($25 Million
United States Dollars) which I intend to use for
investment purposes specifically in your country. The
money came about as a result of my late fathers
inability to proceed with the purchase of military
hardware, which he contracted with South African Arms
Company. Since the start of the civil war, the source
of funds in pro! secuting the war has been from
diamonds, which is under our control. I was the
Secretary of State for Mining under the leadership of
my late father.

The diamonds were always exported to South Africa for
sales and proceeds usually used in buying military
hardwares from South Africa Arms Company.Before the
death of my father, which led to cessation of hostilities,
He deposited the sum of Twenty Five Million US Dollars,
($25 Million Dollars cash) in Security Company in South Africa.

Also, after the death of my father, my family and
I fled to South Africa where we are currently
living, before that take a look at this

I ran to South Africa to seek for asylum, because my life
was no longer safe at home,but before living I took all
therelevant documents to clear this Fund at the Security Company
from my father's safe, which I have comfirmed with them presently.
Due to my status as a refugee, I cannot invest thesefunds here in
South Africa, I therefore seek your assistance in transferring
this fund out of South Africa.My father left a clause that his son
( john Savimbi)will provide his partner,should anything happens to
him there at the Security Company.

All necessary arrangement has been made by me and my lawyer here,
I assure you that there is no risk attached to this transaction and
we will work out modalities for the success of this transaction.

All necessary arrangement has been made by me and my lawyer here,
I assure you that there is no risk attached to this transaction and
we will work out modalities for the success of this transaction.

I promise to give you 25% of the total funds for your
assistance and my family for investment in your country
will use the remaining 70%,while 5% is mapped out aside for any
miscleneouse expense that might be incured by both parties, during
the course of thistransaction .I hope that this proposal will
interest you and I await your immediate response through my
TEL number +27-73-229-3399. Please I demand that you hold this
transaction with utmost secrecy for its success.

Try to call me as soon as you get this mail.

I look forward to receiving your kind response.

Best regards,

NB.We will also want you to come down to South
africa,it will grant us the opportunity of meeting
ourselves and as well fascilitate the quick conclusion
of this transaction.

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