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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: "alex kan" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:54:48 +0200

No email address120,Paul Kruger Street,
Boksburg South,
Republic of South Africa

(RE: TRANSFER OF ($ 26,000.000.00 USD}


Warmest greetings to you.I want to solicit your attention to transfer to
overseas (26,000,000.00 USD) twenty six million United States Dollars from a

Bank in Africa. I also want to ask you to quietly look for a reliable and
honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank

account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even

an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain
honest to me till the end of this important business trusting in you and
believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Alex Kan, the Auditor General of a bank in Africa, during the course of

our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank

in 1990 and since 1993 nobody has operated on this account again. After
going through some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of
the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do

not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing. The
owner of this account Leonard Howell, a foreigner and a miner.

He made millions of dollars before he died mysteriously .Since 1993 no other

person knows about this account or any thing concerning it. My investigation

proved to me that the account has no other beneficiary and that Mr. Leonard
Howell until his death was the manager Howell Coy.(pty). SA.

We will start the first transfer with six million dollars[$6,000,000.00]
upon successful transaction without any disappoint from your side, we shall
re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account.

The amount involved is (USD 26M) twenty six million United States Dollars, I

want to first transfer $6,000,000.00 [Six million United States Dollars]
from this money into a safe foreigners account abroad before the rest, but I

don't know any foreigner.

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be
approved to a local person here without a valid foreign international
passport, but can only be approved to any foreigner with valid international

passport or drivers license and foreign a/c because the money is in US
dollars and the former owner of the a/c, Mr. Leonard Howell was a foreigner

too, [and the money can only be approved into a foreign a/c].

I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management
is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account, which I will give to you, upon your positive
response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with
instruction of a key bank official who is deeply involved with me in this

I need your strong assurance that you will never, never let me down. So,
please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take. Send
also your private telephone and fax number including the full details of the

account to be used for the deposit and about yourself.

With my influence and the position of the bank official, we can transfer
this money to any foreigner's reliable account which you can provide with
assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your

country for sharing.

I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that
you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my
position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of
this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant
ministries and foreign exchange departments.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total
amount, 60% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might

have incurred during the process of transferring.

I look forward to your reply soonest through my email address.

Alex kan.

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