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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: "Lucky Kunene" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:10:11 +0200
Subject: needed

Mr.Lucky Kunene
Department of Minerals&Energy
South Africa.

Good Day,
I am Mr.Lucky Kunene,a director of the department of minerals and energy affairs in South africa.I
am currently in need of a silent foreign partner whose identity we can use to transfer the sum of
$14,500,000(fourteen million five hundred thousand united states dollars.This money is presently
in a domiciliary account and is from an (OVER INVOICED) of Multi Billion Dollas contract awarded
to foreign firm here in South Africa in preparation of the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup to be hosted
by South Africa. If intrested, send me an email so i can give you the full details and i have the deposit
document in my possession.

I await your urgent reply.

Best Regards
Mr. Lucky Kunene

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