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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: "International Remittance" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 00:13:13 +0100


                             (INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT)

                                                 Suite 402, Private Bag x-10.

                                                        Somerset West 7130

                                                         South Africa. 

                                                   TEL: +27-73-655-0697.

                EMAIL:  ,, 

 Your ref: ZAR/28407677/2007

 From: The Desk of Deputy Director

             (International Remittance)

Attn: Third Category Winner


 Dear sir/Madam,

                            Remittance Advice on ONE MILLION Pounds (£1,000, 000, 00) vide Uthingolotterywinners/ Prize Claim /Acquisition Claims No: ASSC-FXDEP/97/07


We are please to inform you that your batch and ref. numbers have been duly verified and your cash prize (third category) will be approved for onward remittance into your account or sent to you by cheque once the requirements and personal details are verified and confirmed.

Be informed that we have in our possession, instruments of payment for the sum of ZAR14, 000,000.00 (£1,000, 000, 00), credited to file No.21300/07 to you. Again, in view of the recent South African Government security restrictions, it is important to transfer less than $5,000 at any one time out of South Africa or the funds for the recipients will be frozen for a long period of time, while they investigate and verify the source to make sure that there is no co-mingling with funds related to terrorist activities. This is simply done as a precaution, but it causes long delays and difficulties in international transfer of funds. Due to this fact, you are required to obtain these documents(OFFICIAL AUTHORIZTION,SWORN AFFIDAVIT & RIGHT TO TRANSFER CERTIFICATE)from the federal high court of South Africa which will enable us to wire your fund directly into your designated account at one time. We advice you to hire the services of the below accredited Legal Representative, who is well recognized by this Finance House, This Chamber is familiar with matters of this nature. Feel free to liaise with them.



TEL: +27-73-3632-216

FAX: +27-11-5076-443.


He will be obliged to submit the following documents on your behalf:

(1) Official Authorization

(2) Sworn Affidavit

(3)Right to Transfer Certificate 

(4) Power of Attorneys

Once all payment endorsement / authorization have been signed by the Legal representative (Attorney), we shall credit your account accordingly via swift which will take about 3 banking days to confirm. You are also advised to notify urgently the undersigned of your receipt of this letter by E-­mail.                        


Yours Sincerely ,  

Barbara Rihn.

(Deputy Director: International Remittance)

Secretarial Office, ETH Zentrum, IFHGloriastr. CH-7082 Zurich . Switzerland.



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