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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: "Mr.Jason Kane" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:41:32 +1100
Subject: Please Endeavour to Acknowledge Receipt.

Dear Friend,

Firstly i apologise for intruding into your privacy, do kindly permit me to
introduce myself. I am Jason Kane, a banker by profession with Rand Merchant
Bank (RMB) South Africa. I have taken time out to source the right
individual, which is your humble self. I possess valuable and classified
information of great interest which i wish to share with you.

I also need to ascertain your dispositions towards receiving and utilising
information from me that guarantees you being legally acknowledged as the
sole surviving relative an investor (name with-held) died without naming a
next of kin to his fund in my bank (next of kin).

The proceeds of this account valued at $15.500.000.00 million dollars can
be paid to you and then you and i can share the money, 50% to me amounting
to US$7,750,000.00 dollars and 40% for you amounting to US$6,200.000.00 and
10% amounting to US$1,550,000.00 for miscellaneous expenses that might
arise. I would want you to understand that this is a DEAL.

I have all the legal and Banking details of the deceased client that will
facilitate our putting you forward as the claimant/beneficiary of the funds
and ultimately transfer of the $15.5M.Consequently, my proposal is that i
will like you as a Foreigner to stand in as the next of kin of the funds
deposited in my bank. I am writing you because i as a public servant, i
cannot operate a foreign account.

Contact me with your full legal names and contact telephone number for
further verbal correspondence.

You must maintain a great deal of confidentiality towards this endeavour.

Awaiting your urgent reply via email.

Thanks and my regards.
Mr. Jason Kane

NOTE: If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly delete/destroy
this email in view of the confidentiality of the proposed transaction and
interest of personalities involved.

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