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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
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 13:41:03 +0100
Subject: From Mr,Benson Swartz (Standard Bank Centre WindHoek Namibia(Urgent Respond)

From Mr. B. Swartz


Strictly confidential

ATTN: The Director,


This letter might come as a surprise to you especially since we have never met or discuss before. Basically, the message might sound strange but it is factual in reality if only you care to know.

The truth is that I should have notified you first through a more confidential means, (even if it´s at least to respect your integrity) please accept my humble apologies if i had caught you unawares, i frankly do not mean any harm in passing my goodwill message.

I am Mr. B. Swartz, the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of Standard Bank Centre Windhoek Namibia, our Commerce of Namibia South Africa with due respect and regard. I have decided to contact you on this profitable business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us.

During our investigation and auditing in the bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to Late Samuel Doe, the ex President of Liberia who died on political crash and the Fund has been dormant in this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this development.

Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself and to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and successful during the time of execution.

The said amount is (US$50,500.000.00) Fifty Million Five Houndred Thousand United State Dollars. as it may interest you to Know, I got your impresive information through my good friend who works with Chamber of commerce on foreign business relation here in Namibia. It is him who recommended your person to advice to keep ´top secret´´ as am still in service intended to retire after I conclud this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money transfered into your given bank account. Then I can come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to the percentage and further business esterblishment in your country.

I must also let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free, while If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 30% of the total amount of the money, 65% for me while the remaning 5% mapped out for all kinds of expenses we might inquire during the process of this transaction.

Whichever option you choose, feel free to notify me.

Please treat this matter with altmost urgency.

I suggest you should get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in this deal.


Mr. B. Swartz,

Standard Bank Centre
Cnr. Werner List Str. and Post Str. Mall
Windhoek Namibia.

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