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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: "mrdc72" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:43:28 +0200
Subject: The Head of Operations of ABSA Bank of South Africa Limited.

MR DC Arnold
Head of Operations,
ABSA Bank of South Africa Limited
3rd Floor, Absa Towers East, 170 Main Street,
Johannesburg, 2001
Postal address: PO Box 7757, Johannesburg, 2000
TELL: +27 733368804
FAX: +27 866971352
FAX +27 866001123


I am MR DC Arnold,

The Head of Operations of ABSA Bank of South Africa Limited. I am writing
following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to
both of us. In my Bank we discovered an abandoned sum of $10.5m.usd in an
account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Morris
Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of
Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his
wife and only daughter. You shall read more about the crash on visiting this
website. Since

We got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin
or relatives to come over and claim his money because the Bank cannot
release the funds unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Unfortunately I
learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with
him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind
for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and two other
officials in this department now decided to do business with you and release
the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety
keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we
don't want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill.
We agreed that 20% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while
the ballance will be for me and my colleagues I will visit your country for
the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this
money gets into your account.

Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this transaction. Note
this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive this
mail you should contact me by return mail whether or not you are willing to
enter into this deal. In the event you are not interested, I sincerely ask
that you disregard this email and tell no one about it.
I am very careful on truncating my banking career should you mention this
to someone else. I hope you can be trusted in this regard. Please note that
all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has
been finalized. We will discuss much in details when I receive your
Please in your response include the following information.

{1}Your full name and address
{2}Your telephone number and fax number

{3} your business name

For a better communication between us.

Best regards

MR DC Arnold

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