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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. Benjamin Vusi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 19:50:44 -0700
Subject: **THANK YOU**

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us. I am
branch Manager of one of the leading bank in South Africa in my bank we discovered an abandoned
large sum of money belonging to one of our Foreign Costumer, since 2003 nobody has operated this account.
The owner of this account is DR. GEORGE BRUMLEY, an American Nationality,
He was a contractor/consultant to KRUGER MINING (SA) INC a South African Government Owned Mining Company.
He was a Geo/Physicist by profession a businessman based America/South Africa, who involved in air Crash along with his family. I am seeking for your
Co-operation to present you as the next of kin/beneficiary to our late Customer. You can confirm from the website below.
No other person knows about this account or anything concerning these funds, no beneficiary and nobody
have ever come for the claims and if we do not remit this funds out it will be confiscated into the
Government Treasure. I am seeking for your Co-operation to present or front you as the beneficiary of the funds.
The Strategy is to use our influence as managers of the bank to make you the beneficiary and
approve the funds to you the beneficiary of the funds since no beneficiary.So if you are interested please reply with your full name,
Address,telephone and fax number for further clarification contact me on thisemail: or tel/fax +27 86 601 0920.
Mr. Benjamin Vusi

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