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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: allborde <>
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:08:39 +0200


Dear Friend,

My name is Rapheal James; I am 37 years old, from Johannesburg -South
Africa, where I am schooling and work as a fashion designer for part
time job after my school. I am the only Son of my parents my father died
on a fatal Robbery attacked on his way to work, and mother died long

Before the death of my father, he had willed part of his Real Estate
Business, Gas Stations and a total sum of $18,5m (Eighteen Million,Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars) to me. After the death of my both parents,
things became hard for me, paying my school fees, putting food on the
table and taking care of my other needs with my fashion designer work
which I do as a part time work after my school, I went to the bank where
my late father deposited the fund on my behalf to with-draw money in
other to take care of my self and pay for my school fees with other

I was shocked when the Bank Manager explained to me that I will not be
able to with-draw from the deposited money, because my father had put a
clause on the Will, which he used in depositing the fund with them,
saying that before I will be given access to the money, I will either
have to be 40 years old , in which case, my partner will be legible to
claim the money on my behalf by standing in as my late fathers next of
kin to claim the deposited fund on my behalf.

Today I am only 37 years old. And I have no access to the money till
I'm 40 years. So, I’m contacting you to stand as my partner to claim
this fund on my behalf, you can still help me by standing in as my late
father’s next of kin to the deposited fund. So,please get back to me as
to know how you will be remunerated as I will part with 25% of the total
sum $18.5M (Eighteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars),while 10%
will be mapped out for any expenses that we're to use to receive the
money from the deposited Bank.

Please remember that I am writing you this email purely on the ground
of trust so we can achieve this deal together. This transaction will
last for two weeks after you get back to me on how serious you are to
claim this fund on my behalf.

Yours Truly,

Rapheal James
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