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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: allborde <>
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 13:45:25 +0200

Standard Bank(NA)
Pretoria Branch
234 Visagie Street,
Pretoria 0001 RSA.

Greetings Friend,

You may wonder why I am reaching out to you in spite of friends that I
have known for years, the singular reason is that I have by the very
nature of this proposition and the required confidentiality decided to
deal with a person that I have not known before so that we can develop
the trust and execute this transaction without a third person knowing.I
would not have used this medium (Internet) but I chose to reach you
through it because it is the fastest, surest and most secured medium of

However, this correspondence is un-official and private, and it should
be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch
free from all what you may think of.

I am Mr. Rapheal James of The Standard Bank(NA), Pretoria Branch
,(South Africa) I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality
that will be attached to this transaction. The Management and the Legal
department of our bank in a recent meeting recommended that the account
of MR. DAVID ANGELLl, who was one of my branch depositors, should be
declared Dormant, confiscated and the depositor's fund sent to the Bank
Treasury according to South Africa Banking and financial law.

Mr. David Angell and the wife died in world trade center as a victim of
the September 11,2001 incident that befell the United States of America.
The bank has made series of efforts to contact any of the relatives to
claim this money but without success.

MR. DAVID ANGELL is an account holder in my branch; he owns a dollar
account with the sum of $18.5M (Eighteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars Only) deposited in a Secret account with my branch
.In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the account holder nor any
relative of him has shown up for the claim, this is because he has the
account as a secret account thus he left all the documents for the
deposit with me. The wife whom he signed in as his next of kin died with
him on that fateful and sad day.

This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in. I want
you to come in as the relation of the deceased; I will give you the
relevant documents and contacts to file the application and then effect
the approvals for the transfer of the funds, I will be the one to
provide the vital documents for the claims of the money and then advise
you exactly how we should handle it.

Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home address when replying
this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate
your willingness to assist in this transaction. I will use my positions
to get all internal documentations to back up the claims. Do not be
bothered that you are not related in any way to him as I am in position
to affix your name as the next of kin. The whole Procedures will last
only 9 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully without trace
even in future. After the transfer of the money we shall share the money
60-40, which is I will have 60% while you will have 40%.

Kindly respond promptly so I can advice you on the next step to follow.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Yours truly,

Mr. Rapheal James
Standard Bank (South Africa)
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