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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: john kennedy <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 18:35:38 +0200

Mr. john kennedyABSA BANK LTD.JOHANBNESBURG,SOUTH AFRICA.Direct-tel-line+27 73-53-98-288Direct-faxline+ 27 86-61-16-924
Re: to. johnkennedy_sa@yahoo.comAttn: Dear I am Mr.john kennedy, The Auditor General of AMALGAMETED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA.(ABSA)I have decided to contact you through this medium based on a business proposal which will be of mutual benefit to both of us. However, I got your contact through a BUSINESS TRADE MANUAL in South African Chamber Of Commerce in my search for a foreign business partner whom I will transfer this fund in his personal or company’s account.During the annual bank auditing, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$ 42,300 000:00 (FORTY TWO MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY) in an account that belong to one of our foreign customers (Willie Jackson Sr.) 61 years, of Scotch Plains, N.J. USA lost his life aboard Egypt Air Flight 990,which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on October 31,1999. View this website;( ) .Since we got the information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money, because we can not release it unless some body apply for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.Unfortunately, nobody has come forward to claim this money. It is based on this, that some officials in my department and I have decided to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting You. If you indicate interest in this transaction I will let you know they steps to take for a smooth transaction for the approval of this fund from the Bank in your favour.The mode of sharing after the transfer of the money into your nominated bank account will be as follows: 65% for me and my colleagues, 30% will be given to you for your assistance and 5% will be mapped out to offset expenses during the course of the transaction. in receipt of this mail, call me immediately via the above phone or email and kindly send me your private telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Please treat this business proposal STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.Re: to johnkennedy_sa@yahoo.comHoping to hear from you soon.Best Regards,MR. JOHN KENNEDY
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