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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: "Williams Dena" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:33:52 +0900

Dear Sir/Madam

I am the Auditor General of one of the prime banks here in South Africa.
During the course of our auditing, I discovered floating fund in an account
opened in the bank since 1998 and since 2000, nobody has operated this
account again. After going through some old files in the records I
discovered that the owner of the account died without a [Heir/WILL], hence
the money is in sundry and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will
be forfeited to the bank as excess profit.

The owner of this account is a foreigner, a Great Farmer and he died in
2000.No other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the
account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well
that until his death he was the manager of AGRI-GOLD ARK [pty]. SA.We will
start the first transfer with Six million [$6,000.000]upon successful
transaction without any disappoint from yourside, we shall re-apply for the
payment of the rest of the amount to your account that you will provide. The
total amount involved is ($26 Million) Twenty six million United States
Dollars only.

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be
approved to a local person in South Africa, but can only be approved to any
foreigner whom the bank will believe was a partner to the deceased and in
similar business.

However, we will sign a binding agreement, to bind us together when we meet
face to face after the first transfer of $6 million before transferring the
second part of $20 million. I am revealing this to you with believe in God
that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the
only person that I am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently
so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. Send also your
private telephone and fax number so that we can discuss other details. I
would want this funds to be invested into your company business and our
sharing modus will be 7% will be mapped out for all expenses and
miscellaneous that will be incurred in the course of this transaction, 3%
will go to our contact person in the pay out centre in Europe where the
funds will be booked for payment, 30% of the investment will go to you and I
will have 60%.I am presently in Europe trying to perfect some documents
regarding the funds claim so that once you indicate interest it will be easy
to follow up as I will be here for only 3 days on official trip.

Kindly respond if you are interested in this proposal so that once I go
back home to South Africa I can start normalizing the documents in your
favour with my influence and my positionin the bank as I am due for
retirement. My contact person in the payment centre in Europe will do
everything possible to assist in the course of the process so that it will
be a hitch free transaction with success achieved. I will destroy all
documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace
to any place and to build confidence you can call me for heart to heart
discussion through my security encrypted line: +88 21621001048 or email, which I secured for the confidentiality and safety of
this business as you know that this business is confidential. 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.

I look forward to your earliest reply.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Williams Dena
Call: +88 21621001048

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