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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. Kelvin R Mbogani" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:13:34 +0200
Subject: Invitation For Partnership

From: Mr. Kelvin R Mbogani.

Johannesburg, Gauteng,

South Africa, 2001

Tel: +27 83 368 3978


Dear friend,

I am Mr. Kelvin R Mbogani, an accountant in the defunct Ned Bank and now a member of a Special Committee Inaugurated by the South African government to verify and pay all Gold mine contractors to enable them close the books finally on the corporation.

I seek your confidence and assistance in a business relationship for our mutual benefits. In 2004, a contract was awarded to a German Contractor for building a 94700 seats new Stadium in Johannesburg South Africa.

The total contract sum was $260,000,000.00 USD (Two Hundred and Sixty Million United States Dollars) but as a result of the over-invoicing, it was raised up to $285,500,000.00 USD (Two Hundred and Eighty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and the contractor has been fully paid i.e. $260,000,000.00 USD (Two Hundred and Sixty Million United States Dollars) leaving the over invoiced p art which is US$25,500,000.00 Million ( Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.

However, we seek your assistance and support to enable us transfer the remaining sum of $25,500,000.00USD (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your bank account or any other reliable bank account in your country or off-shore account for possible investments in Real Estate and other good ventures that you may advise since we are not allowed to run a foreign account as government official.

We have arranged to compensate you with 20% of the total funds, setting aside 5% to cover all expenses that might be incurred by both of us to facilitate the transfer into your nominated bank account. It is expected that this transaction is going to be concluded in the maximum of 14 bank working days given fullest cooperation. Rest assured that you and I are 100% safe.

Please, if this offer appeals to your positive response, kindly let me know at once so that I will let you know the necessary follow ups. But if it doesn't, also let me know so that I can make alternative arrangement.


Mr. Kelvin R Mbogani.

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