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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: "David Santos" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 00:50:32 -0700


David Santos

18, Petervale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 78 263 5122

Dear Sir,

As stated above, my names are David Santos. I am 33 years of age, and a
stepson of the former Angolan, late Dr. Jonas Savimbi.

My mother and I are interested in relocating to your country, and venturing
all of our funds in excess of some US$20.5 million, all in US$100 bills; in
your line of business, and under your auspices.
All funds having being earmarked for the purchase of arms in South Africa,
and accrued from the sales of precious stones, but since the war has ended,
we have decided to keep the funds and use the funds for our personal

The funds are presently kept in the custody of a private depository firm
here in South Africa due to our personal security and that of the funds on
our arrival here some months ago.

You are to take home 25% of the gross for all your anticipated assistance by
the time the funds are successfully lodged in your nominated accounts
overseas. But first all we will need to know you more, and also we would
need to move the funds and of course ourselves out of South Africa as soon
as we can possibly arrange that to be.

My mother and I have carefully worked out the modalities for the eventual
transfer. You are to participate as our foreign partner in the scheme of
My mother personally requested that I send this mail to you to seek your
assistance and participation.

Kindly signify your interest by replying through my E-mail address, or
better still you can give me a call on my direct number, which is +27 78 263
5122, for a more detailed insight.

Kindest regards,

Mr. David Santos.

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