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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: "Engr Chad"<>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 15:17:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RSPONSE!!




 Based on the information and highly

esteemed Recommendation made about you, by a reputable source in our country's

chamber of commerce and industry that Guaranteed your reliability and trust

worthiness in business dealings

I write to inform you of my desire to acquire

estates or landed properties in your country. On behalf of the Director of

Contracts and Finance Allocations of the South

Africa Ministry of Works and Housing in Cape-Town South Africa. Considering his very

strategic and influential position, he would want the transaction to be as

strictly confidential as possible. He further wants his identity to remain

Undisclosed at least for now, until the completion of the transaction, hence

our desire to have an overseas agent. I have therefore been directed to inquire

if you would agree to act as our overseas agent in order to actualize this

transaction. The deal, in brief, is that the funds with which we intend to

carry out our proposed investments in your country is presently in a coded

account at the Cape town bank in South Africa and we need your assistance to

transfer the funds to your country in a convenient bank account that will be

provided by you before we can put the

funds into use in your country. For this, you

shall be considered to have executed a contract for the Ministry of Works and

Housing in South Africa for which payment should be effected to you by the

Ministry, The Contract sum of which shall run into US$30 Million, of which your

share shall be 20% if you agree to be our overseas agent. As soon as payment is

effected, and

The amount mentioned above is successfully

transferred into your account, we intend to use our own share in acquiring some

estates abroad. For this too you shall

Also serve as our agent. In the light of this, I

would like you to forward to me the following information: 1. your company name

and address if any .2. Your personal telephone number. For easy communication.

You are requested to communicate your acceptance of this proposal immediately

after which we shall discuss in details the modalities for seeing this

transaction through. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Thank You

in anticipation of your cooperation.

Director General, for Roads works and housing





Engr.Chad. Dickerson


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