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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MR. THABO CHRIS" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:30:53 +0100
Subject: { RE: TRANSFER OF ( $ 126,000,000.00 USD}


(RE: TRANSFER OF ($ 126,000.000.00 USD}

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Thabo Chris. the Auditor General of one of the prime
banks here South Africa, during the course of our auditing,I discovered a
floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 1995 and since 1998
nobody has operated on this account again,after going through some old
files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died
without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this
money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is Mr. Allan P.Seaman,a foreigner, and an
industrialist, and he died,since 1996. and no other person knows about
this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other
beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Allan P. Seaman
until his death was the manager Diamond Safari [pty]S.A.

We will start the first transfer with twenty six million [$26,000.000]
upon successful transaction without any disappoint from your side, we
shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining rest amount to your

The amount involved is (USD 126 M) One hundred and twenty six million
United States Dollars only.I want to first transfer $26,000.000 [Twenty
six million United States Dollar] from this money into a safe foreigners
account abroad before the
rest, but I don?t know any foreigner, I am only contacting you as a
foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person here,
without valid international foreign passport, but can only be approved to
any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers license and
foreign a/c because the money is in US dollars and the former owner of the
a/c Mr. Allan P. Seaman is a foreigner too,and the money can only be
approved into a foreign a/c.

However, we will sign abinding agreement, to bind us together.I am
revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down
in this business. Send also your private telephone and fax number
including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit.

I want us to meet face to face to build confidence and to sign a binding
agreement that will bind us together before transferring the money to any
account of your choice where the fund will be safe.Before we fly to your
country for withdrawal,sharing and investments.I need your full
co-operation to make this work fine, Because the management is
ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information
of this account, which I will give to you,upon your positive response and
once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with instruction
of a key bank official
who is deeply involved with me in this business.I need your strong
assurance that you will never,never let me down.With my influence and the
position of the bank official we can transfer this money to any
foreigner?s reliable account which you can
provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical
arrival in your country for sharing. The bank official will destroy all
documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no
trace to any place and to
build confidence you can come immediately to discuss with me face to face
after which I will make this remittance in your presence and three of us
will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going into
the account.

I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that
you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my
position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer
of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant
ministries and foreign exchange departments.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 20% of the total
amount, 70% will be for me, while 8% will be for expenses both parties
might have incurred during the process of transferring, while 2% for
charity,as a mark of God's gratitude for the blessing.

Please,I look forward to your earliest reply through this my private email

Mr. Thabo Chris

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