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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: "drames buthulezi" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 14:44:33 +0000

Dear Friend,
Good day to you. I write to seek your cooperation as my foreign partner and
your assistance to enable us to own properties and invest in the stable
economy of your country. I apologize if this mail does not suit your
personal or business ethics.

My name is Dr. James buthulezi; we are making this venture proposal to you
in strict confidence. As senior civil servants in the South Africa
Government, the South African civil service laws (Code of Conduct bureau)
forbid us to own a foreign account. The money we have in our possession is
an overdue payment bill totaling Twenty Six Million, Four Hundred and Twenty
Six Thousand US Dollars S$26,426,000.00) which we want to transfer abroad
with the assistance and co-operation of a company/or an individual to
receive the said funds, via a reliable Bank Account.

If you will like to assist us as a partner, then indicate your interest
after which we shall both discuss on the modalities. All other information
to facilitate the remittance of the funds will be revealed to you in due
course. For your assistance, you shall receive 30% amounting to
US$7,927,800.00 of the US$26.426Million, 60% amounting to US$15,855,600 for
us and 10% amounting to US$2,642,600 will be used to settle taxation and
other miscellaneous expenses in the course of transferring the funds to your

Please indicate your direct telephone and direct fax number when replying
this business proposal preferably through my alternative address as this is
my only confidential email address:, I will call
you when necessary. If you are not interested, please also indicate so that
it will enable me to contact other foreign partner with recommendations to
carry out this deal.

A swift acknowledgment of your receipt of this mail will be appreciated.

Thank you and God bless you.

Best regards.
Dr.James Buthulezi
Executive Accountant
Department of Transport (DT)
Republic of South Africa (RSA)
Private email address:

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