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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: john frankel <>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 17:26:08 +0200

>From Mr. Sam Frankel
Contact Number +27 840 118 452
South Africa Johannesburg


Compliment of the day, May I have the pleasure of introducing myself? I am
Mr. Sam Frankel a senior staff and chairman of Tender Board Committee on
the award of contracts in Department of Works and Housing here in South
Africa. I got your contact E-mail address through the internet in my search
to find a trustworthy person on whom I can repose confidence for colossal
international money transaction.

My aim of sending this "business proposal" to you is to solicit for your
assistance and co-operation to transfer some huge amount of fund into your
account overseas. Therefore, this communication should be held in high

My colleague and I in the Department of Works & Housing wish to transfer
into a safe and secured account overseas, the sum of twenty five MILLION
over-invoiced amount from contracts we awarded to foreign contractors who
have been duly paid on completion of their various contracts. This money
right now is in a coded account in the Reserve Bank of South Africa.

However, by virtue of our position as civil servants, we cannot acquire
these funds in our names or in the names of companies here in South Africa.
I therefore asked by my colleague on trust and sincerity to look for a
reliable international outfit partner abroad into whose account the sum of
US$25.5 Million would be transferred. We have agreed on the following
sharing ratio if you accept our proposal.

Sixty percent (60%) for us and thirty percent (30%) for you, the Account
owner (5%) will be for expenses both parties Might have incurred during the
process of the transferring, and (5%) will be preserved for helping the
helpless people, like charity organization and motherless babies.

My choice of you for this transaction is basically hanged on your field and
profession, hence this business proposal. If you are interested in this
deal, I will require some information’s from you in order to affect the
transfer of the money. Please, be informed that we shall commence
processing of claims of payment once we receive your interest from you, and
the funds will get into your account within Five (5) working days by
Telegraphic Transfer (T.T).

Note that this transaction is 100% risk free. Do acknowledge the receipt of
this letter by indicating your interest in the transaction and also
including your direct contact details such as your telephone and fax
numbers for easy communication or call me on the above numbers as

My Private +27 840 118 452

Best Regards

Mr. Sam Frankel

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