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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: "david khoza" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 12:02:38 +0200


In other to transfer out [US$138M] One Hundred and Thirty Eight Million
Dollar from AMALAGEMATED BANK OF SOUHT AFRICAN (ABSA). I have the courage to
look for a Reliable and honest person whom will be capable for this
important business believing that you will never let me down either now or
in future.

[ABSA]. There is an account Opened in this bank in 1980 and since late 1992
nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old
files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out
urgently it would be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is MR. AERRON M. SNYDER, a Foreigner and miner at
Kruger gold mine co., a Geologist by profession and he died in car accident
while going to work nearly the end of apartheid Government since late 1992.
No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, The
account has no other beneficiary and my Investigation proved to me that this
company does not Know anything about this account and the amount involved is

I want to first transfer (US$38M) THIRTY EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS from this
money into a safe foreigners account Overseas before the rest, but I don’t
know any Foreigner with capability of handling the transaction. I am only
contacting you as a foreigner because this Money cannot be approved to a
local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the
Former account owner is a foreigner too.

I know that this message will come to you as a Surprise as we don’t know
ourselves before. We will Sign an Agreement, but be sure that it is real and
a genuine opportunity with believe in God that you will never Let me down in
this business. So if you are interested
And capable to handle this transaction reply me urgently so that I will
inform you the next step to take immediately. While replying include your
private contact information’s, I need your strong assurance and trust with
full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to
approve this Payment with anybody with a Correct and full Information of
this account, which I will later give you immediately .I want us to meet
face to face or sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that you can
receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice
where the fund will be safe.

And I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other
investments with my position now in the office I 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.

You can also come to discuss with me face to face after which I will fly to
your country at least two days ahead of the money going into the account. I
will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately as soon as we agree and
you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my
Position and influence to effect legal approval and onward transfer of this
money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and
foreign 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 of us might have incurred during the process of

I look forward your earliest reply.



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