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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 Raymond Thabo <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:03:47 -0500

Mr.Raymond Thabo

Tel: +27742347852


I am. Raymond Thabo,
Head Accounts Management Section of a well known Bank here in South Africa
.One of our accounts with holding balance of US$10,000,000 (Ten Million United States
Dollars) has been dormant and last Operated in the past four (4) years. From
investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account is a German
Foreigner by name Adolf Merckle aged
74 years old, who committed suicide on January 5th 2009 after his business
empire ran into trouble in the global economic financial crisis. Please refer
to the news website below to read more about our late client.

Since then nobody has
done anything as regards to the claiming of this money, as he has no family
member here in South Africa
that is aware of the existence of either the account or the fund. Several
attempt to trace any of his relative proof abortive and Information from the
National Immigration office states that late Adolf Merckle was alone on point
of entry into South Africa.

Our Financial
Institution is presently and by law the custodian of the money belonging to the
deceased, whose account I am responsible for monitoring and officiating. The
present mandate I have to present a credible beneficiary opens the way for us
to take advantage of the situation and use the money to positively affect the
lives of many instead of allowing the funds to be completely lost, since no one
knows about the money and no one will come forward to claim the money as we
already know.

I have confidentially
discussed this issue with some of the bank officials and we have agreed to find
a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus propose to do business with
you, standing in as the next of kin of this fund from the deceased and fund
released to you after due processes have been followed.

This transaction is
totally free of risk and legal as the fund is Legitimate and does not originate
from drug or money laundry. On your interest, please send to me your contact
Telephone number, Full names, Age, Occupation and Residential address.


Mr.Raymond Thabo.

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