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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: "Abraham Wallace" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 21:43:41 +0200
Subject: INQUIRY

Dear Sir,

It is indeed my pleasure to write you this business offer I have contact you
on the consideration that I could
discuss with you on the possibility of me and partner placing the sum of
USD$15.Million with you for
management either in your existing establishment or other venture to be
undertaken at your discretion under
terms to be agreed upon. I hope that you read thoroughly and response as
promptly as possible.

I am Dr. Abraham Wallace a member of the contract award committee of the
Department of Energy &
Natural Resources in South Africa. I am in search of an agent to assist us
in the transfer of USD$ 15, Million.
I am interested in investing into real estate and other businesses in your

With the co-operation of top senior partner of mine we are confident that
our claim of USD$15, Million shall be
granted being for contract work executed at the Ministry of Minerals and
Energy, payment shall then be
transferred upon approval to a safe account that would be provided by you in
other words, if you accept to
be our partner then you shall be considered given the pertinent
documentation to certify that your company
had been awarded a contract already executed, for which your company shall
be paid the sum of USD$15, Million.
Please be informed that with the South Africa government monetary policy.
Government officials employees
are not allowed to operate or to own bank account abroad hence our decision
to seek a foreign partner.

However, the legitimacy of this transaction is well pronounced, which I will
personally explain to you by fax
or telephone if you agree to be our partner to determine your true position.
I have the authority and consent
of my partner to offer this transaction to you. You will be highly
compensated with a percentage upon
mutual agreement by both parties after a successful completion of this
project. Further information
concerning the transaction shall be forwarded to you upon your response to
this offer.

I can assure you that my partners and I are in a position to make this
payment claim possible, provided you
can give us the assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured.
Visualize this opportunity as an
indirect financial resource; also note that your area of specialization is
not a hindrance in the successful
execution of this transaction.

Please keep this close to your chest as much as possible; we cannot afford
any political problems.
Thank you and God bless, as I await for a long term mutually beneficially
relationship for both of us

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Abraham Wallace

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