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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. Greg" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 06:44:54 -0000
Subject: Reply soon

Dear Sir,
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$183.5M, which I seek your assistants to claim.
My name is Mr. Greg C Dobrine a South African and a personal secretary to Late Roger Brett Kebble of South Africa and Chairman CEO of the following companies: Landgold and Exploration: , JCI Limited: and many other interest both in America, Asia and African Continents.
The above funds in question was since deposited in the year 2005 on my name with a security company in West Africa to be used in payment of an American oil merchant for his last deal with my boss Mr. Brett Kebble. The fund was secretly moved to West Africa and was deposited in a Security Company with my name, while the final crediting is expected to be carried out into the oil merchant's bank account by the security company. Unfortunately while on the process, My Boss got assassinated September 27th 2005 in his car while driving on his way to a function in Melrose district of Johannesburg South Africa. You can read more about all this on below website:
The security company recently wrote me a notification latter in respect of transferring the fund, and I need to urgently introduce you to the security company as the partner to my late boss to enable you claims this fund for our mutual benefit. The money will be sheared in the ratio of 50/50% between me and you. I have decided to do this deal with you to help myself and also use the sum relocate to American continent and never to be connected with any of Brett Kebble conglomerates.
I will need to present you as the beneficially in the documents I am meant to return to the security company where the fund was deposited in West Africa to enable them transfer the fund to your nominated bank. Please reply to confirming your interest, also favour me with your full contact coordinates information (Phone/fax etc, plus address) to enable me contact you.
Reply and treat as highly confidential matter at all times and not to be disclosed to anybody. As soon as you indicate your willingness, I will send you all the details.
Much Regards,
MR G C Dobrine
Tel / Fax: +27 865 385 504

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