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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: Jonathan Krugger <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:59:31 +0000
Subject: Did you receive my previous mail?

Did you receive my previous mail?
From: Jonathan Krugger
157 Commissioner Street,
Johannesburg, RSA

Hello Good day,

I am J. Krugger from South Africa. Actually this mail will be surprise to you since we have not met in the past but please permit me to contact you from this medium.

I am the Chairman of contracting awarding committee and member Tender Board in preparation for FIFA World cup to be hosted in South Africa next year 2010.

Through the virtue of my position with three of my colleagues in the Board we collaborated and over invoiced contract in one of the projects going on in South Africa to the tune of US$57Million and as a matter of fact, the contract has been completed and commissioned and the bonafide contractor has been paid remaining the over invoiced sum.

Meanwhile, I have been mandated by my colleagues to get a trustworthy person oversea to entrust/transfer the aforesaid sum to his/her bank account overseas for safekeeping and future investment use on commission bases as urgency.

We0re compelled to search for a foreign partner to entrust/transfer the money to because of our position, none of us could lodge the money into his her account not until the money it is transferred out and repatriated back through importation of goods.

If you're interested reply to this mail for further details and also for us to discuss your benefit condition, and also supply your direct telephone number and indicate time to call you for us speak and deliberate issues to our confidence and seal the deal immediately.

Waiting your earliest possible reply.

My regards,

Jonathan Krugger.

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