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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: "william matt" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 21:25:08 +0200

Attention Dear.

Phone: 27+74-658-1005

Fax: 27+86-660-2066

I write to solicit for your utmost assistance on a business proposal that
would be of immense benefit to both of us involved. I got your contact
information while making inquiries through a business Trade Journal for
investment purpose in your country.
Permit me to introduce myself. I am Ben Chuks Savimbi, Personal assistant
to the late Angolan rebel leader Mr. Jonas Savimbi of Unita Rebels in
Angola. I was sent on a diplomatic mission to the Republic of South Africa
to purchase arms and ammunition worth US$ 15 Million (Fifteen Million United
States Dollars) and the money was properly arranged and delivered to South
Africa by a diplomatic itineraries, a border post monitored by our rebel

On my arrival here in South Africa, I had a change of mind and decided to
part ways with all the money under my control, following the facts that I
had realized that we were fighting for the selfish interest of my late
brother, the rebel leader Mr. Jonas Savimbi. Moreover, I decided to give
peace a chance to reign for the emancipation of a new era in our country,

This money in the diplomatic luggage was deposited in a security and finance
company here in South Africa for safety reasons and I intend to invest this
money in a business that could generate an income for me, as I am no more in
service to anybody.
Furthermore, I am presently seeking for political asylum here in South
Africa, while making contact to see a way I can move this money to a foreign
country where I could invest, as the country South Africa did not permit any
investment by refugees.

I decided to contact you to stand as a foreign partner to provide an account
where I will lodge this money into as the beneficiary. If you are
interested in helping me with this transfer, I am offering you 15% of the
total money and 80% is for me while 5% will be for any expenses that could
be made in the course of this transaction.

There is no risk involved, as I have made every necessary arrangement for a
successful transfer of this money. Always call me through the phone before
sending me a fax through the number above.

Thanks while expecting your reply.
Best regards,
Ben Chuks Savimbi.

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