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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: "TONY MOORE" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2012 04:00:40 +0200
Subject: Re:

Dies ist Ihre offizielle Mitteilung, dass unser Service aktualisiert wurde,=
und wir fanden heraus, dass Ihre E-Mail-Kontos reagiert nicht auf unserem =
Server aufgrund einer Virusinfektion.


155 5th street sandton
Johannesburg South Africa
Tel: +27-78-128-1967

Good Day

i am MR TONY MOORE from a well knowing SECURITY COMPANY in Johannesburg sou=
th =

Africa. A company based in VIP Security and investors assets and management =

protection in south Africa. As a director of warehouse where local and =

foreign consignment/boxes are deposited for safe keep, since last year I ha=
ve =

been investigating one foreign consignment deposited here without next of =

kin, last week I find out that the owner of the consignment died 4 year ago=
, =

this consignment was deposited as a family treasure but what make me to loo=
k =

into this consignment is because there is no name mentioned as the next of =
kin, =

then when I secretly check the consignment and I find out that the =

consignment is containing US$13.5 Million dollars as mentioned in the =

clearance certificate that I find inside the box with the cash.

Now i have concluded a smooth arrangement to move this =

money out of this company but i cannot do it completely without presenting =
a foreigner as the =

next of kin/business partner of the dead depositor, on clearance certificat=
e =

the depositor mentioned that the money in question belong to he=92s busines=
s partner oversea, =

so the only person in position to claim this money is somebody from outside=
south Africa that =

I can present to the company as the partner of the former owner, i am ready=
to share this money =

with you 60/40 that is 40% for you and 60% for me because I will arrange al=
l the necessary documents =

for the smooth release this consignment to you . Please get back to me as s=
oon as possible with the below details
so that i can give you more details, we can get this money out to your acc=
ount within 5 days.

Full Name:
Full Address:
Telephone Number:
Mobile Number:
Your Email:
Country of Origin:

Kindly reply with above details.
Thanks and God bless you

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