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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: david khumalo <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:15:41 +0000 (UTC)

FromMr. David Khumalo  ContactNumber +27 73 756 4455 Fax: +27  88011-434-033475 BENMORE ROAD SANDTON.SouthAfrica Johannesburg Managing Director C.EO.                                                                  STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL  reply Complimentof the day, May I have the pleasure of introducing myself? I am Mr. DavidKhumalo  a senior staff and chairman ofTender Board Committee on the award of contracts in Department of Works andHousing here in South Africa. I got your contact E-mail address through the SouthAfrica Chambers Of commerce to find a trustworthy person on whom I can reposeconfidence for colossal international money transaction.  Myaim of sending this "business proposal" to you is to solicit for yourassistance and co-operation to transfer some huge amount of fund into youraccount overseas. Therefore, this communication should be held in highconfidence.  Mycolleague and I in the Department of Works & Housing wish to transfer intoa safe and secured account overseas, the sum of US$15M (Fifteen Million US Dollars which is over-invoiced amount from contracts we awarded toforeign contractors who have been duly paid on completion of their variouscontracts. This money right now is in a coded account in the Reserve Bank ofSouth Africa.  However,by virtue of our position as civil servants, we cannot acquire these funds inour names or in the names of companies here in South Africa. I therefore askedby my colleague on trust and sincerity to look for a reliable internationaloutfit partner abroad into whose account the sum of US$15M (Fifteen Million US Dollars wouldbe transferred. We have agreed on the following sharing ratio if you accept ourproposal. Sixtypercent (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 thetransferring, and (5%) will be preserved for helping the helpless people, likecharity organization and motherless babies.  Mychoice of you for this transaction is basically hanged on your field andprofession, hence this business proposal. If you are interested in this deal, Iwill require some information’s from you in order to affect the transfer of themoney. Please, be informed that we shall commence processing of claims ofpayment once we receive your interest from you, and the funds will get intoyour account within Five (5) working days by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T).  Notethat this transaction is 100% risk free. Do acknowledge the receipt of thisletter by indicating your interest in the transaction and also including yourdirect contact details such as your telephone and fax numbers for easycommunication or call me on the above numbers as reconfirmed  MyPrivate:+27 73-756 4455 BestRegards  Mr.David Khumalo      Note:Please don’t reply to sender email.

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