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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:53:00 +0000
Subject: Vital Information (REPLY ASAP)

Date: 21st July, 2012

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am Hon. Tate Reeves, a member of The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), charges with the responsibilities of unclaimed

property administration and compliance. Members represent all states, the District of Columbia, and other international governmental entities. NAUPA provides

a forum for continuing discussions regarding interstate cooperation, uniform laws, reporting requirements and increasing the public's awareness in protecting

and returning unclaimed property to rightful owners.

It may interest you know that in March of 2008, the US government published a list of unclaimed properties which may include landed property, Matured Savings

Bond and dormant accounts holding millions of dollars. the published lists contain all types of dormant account, including interest bearing savings,

securities, safe deposit boxes, custody account and non-interest transaction account.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators handles all process of claims ranging from non-citizens and US citizens claims like-wise.

During our last verifications and fact finding process, we discovered a dormant account of a South African Citizen with a credit balance of US$16,231,000 (

Sisteen Million, Two hundred and thirty One thousand U.S. Dollars) including the interest accrude. The beneficiary was confirmed death after the september

11, 2001 bombing of the World Trade Centre. According to our financial laws, a dormant account of over ten (10) years without a trace of heir or next of kin

should be tagged as unclaimed and return to the Federal Treasury.

On this note, The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators has been mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent closure of account

and transfer of existing credit balance into the Treasury Department as provided by the US financial. My capacity as an executive with NAUPA, I have all

secret details and necessary contacts for claim of the above mentioned amount without facing any upstacle. We could possible turn around this funds into a

viable investment either in South Africa or any other country outside the USA.

Due to the sensitive nature of my duties, I need you as a South African to assist us to claim this funds as a living relative to the deceased. You must

understand the fact that all the applications and the paper work will be done by us and all you are required to do is to provide your details for processing

all necessary legal and administrative claim documents before forwarding same to the paying bank.

I will be glad to give you further details of our requirement and sharing modalities on confirmation of your response via my private email: I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information

you come by as a result of this letter.

Anxiously waiting for your response.


Hon. Tate Reeves
MS claim Treasurer
Tel: +1 718 475 6486
Fax: +1 509 277 2903 Ext. 2

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