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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: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 03:14:06 +0200
Subject: Brett Nicole (Urgent)


Dear Sir,

Let not this message come to you as a surprise.
My name is Brett Nicole a Bank Manager of one of the branches of the
Amalgamated Bank of South Africa ( ABSA).

I am prompted to send you this mail out of my direneed of your assistance
in the Business that I am herein to introduce
to you.

I discovered a non resident accountthat has not been operated for more than
13years,this particular account has in it USD$35.5m and belong to one
Mr.Bruno Orwell a German who was a gold miner and had a company
(ORWELL GOLDLINE COMPANY) here in South Africa.

From my findings,this Man Mr. Bruno Orwell is late I
discovered that he died in car crash in Cape Town 16years Ago During
the Apartheid Era in South Africa.

Having gone through the old files,this man never made provision for
the next of kin when the account was opened at this aspect,I became
conscious of Moving the money out and I have Discussed with my Head office
Manager regarding this, and he is very much Game for us to move the Fund
out of South Africa for our use if I can find a foreign Partner who we
can use his name as the next of kin to late Mr. Bruno and get the fund
transferred to his account.

This is why it has become important for me to Solicit for your
Connivance in making this possible.And we have agreed that if you be of
assistance,that we will compensate you with 30% of the Total sum while
we set aside 10% to redeem any expenses that may be incurred by you or we in
the Process of this transaction.

Please if this is acceptable to you, Kindly get back to me immediately
so that we can discuss the modalities of the transaction and note that
this transaction is 100% risk free.

I expect to hear from you soon.
Thank you and God bless you.

Yours Faithfully,

Brett Nicole (Absa Bank)
Tel : 27 76 466 5363.

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