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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. George Poyser" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 11:43:08 +0200



*Tel:** **+**27** 73 560 7882*

*Email:** **g**e***

*Dear** Sir/Madam*


After my official enquiry from the foreign trade office of the chambers of c
ommerce &

industry here in Johannesburg South Africa, I decided to contact you but I
did not

disclose the intention to anyone else because of the delicate nature of the
project. I

found your profile very interesting and decided to reach you directly to s
olicit for your

assistance and guidelines in making a business investment and transfer of

US$25,500,000.00(Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) to your

country within the next few days.

Please I must plead for your confidence in this transaction. I am a high pla
ced official

working with Department of (Finance & Economic Affairs) in Johannesburg. I

two other colleagues are currently in need of a silent foreign partner whose

we can use to transfer this sum of money. But at this moment, I am constr
ained to

issue more details about this profitable business investment until I get your

by email, please if you can take out a moment of your very busy schedule t
oday to

respond back to my private email below for more details and include your pri

telephone number in your response which I and my colleagues will highly appr

This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission from foreign contracts, t

our private connections.

The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from the bank here in South Afr
ica to any

overseas beneficiary confirmed by us as associate/receiver. By virtue of our

positions as civil servants in my country, we cannot acquire this money in

names. Because as high placed civil servants, we are not allowed by the civ

service code of conduct to own or operate bank accounts outside of our shore
s. On

the other hand, it is not safe for us to keep the money here due to unstable

environment. I have been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to
look for

an overseas silent partner who could work with us to facilitate transfer oft
his fund for

our mutual benefit, Hence the reason for this email.

My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as f
ollows: (1)

15% to you as commission for your co-operation and assistance in facilitating

transfer, while the remaining 85% belongs to me and two colleagues. You will

free to take out your commission immediately after the money hits your acc
ount in

your country. Since our objective is to invest the money in a foreign count
ry, it would

be appreciated if you could also help us with advices and direction on inves
ting into

profitable ventures in your country.

However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to further as
sist us with

investing the money, we can end our cooperation after you make available to
me our

part of the money. The transaction, although discreet, is legitimate and the

will be transferred successfully with all necessary back-up official documen

showing the legitimate source/origin of fund.

The transfer will be effected within a period not longer than two weeks as s
oon as we

reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response indicating y

interest for processing the transfer. I plead with you on one issue, whether
you are

interested or not, kindly do not expose this information to any one else. I
confirm that

the transaction is legitimate and without any risks either to us or yourself
. Please,

give me your response immediately by returning this mail through my alternat

email address.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. George Poyser.
Finance & Economic

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