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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: piet vandermerwe <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 09:35:42 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC)

South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC)Private Bag. X50 Johannesburg, South Africa Good Day
I am Mr. Piet vandermerwe, a member of South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC), South Africa, is charged with the responsibility of finding bank accounts in South Africa belonging to Non-South African indigenes, which have remained dormant since South African apartheid was resolved in 1994.It may interest you to know that in July of 2007, the South African Reserve Bank published a list of dormant accounts originally opened by non- South African citizens. These accounts had been dormant since the end of apartheid (27 April 1994). Most belonged to apartheid victims.
The continuing efforts of the South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC) have since resulted in the discovery of additional dormant accounts - 14,000 in December 2009. The published lists contain all types of dormant accounts, including interest-bearing savings accounts, securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction accounts Numbered accounts are also included. Interest is paid on accounts that were interest bearing when established. 
The Claims Resolution Board (CRB) handles processing of all claims on accounts due to non-South African citizens. I discovered a dormant account of Bennett .W. Abetti with a credit balance of US$ 27,000,000 (Twenty Seven Million United State dollars) plus accumulated interest. The beneficiary was murdered during the apartheid era, leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of heirs, That is why I am contacting you to help us claim this inheritance fund. The Claims Resolution Board has been mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit balance into the treasury of South African government as provided by the law for management of assets of deceased beneficiaries who died interstate (living no wills). Being a top executive at SARC, I have all secret details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds without any hitch. . Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need a foreigner to HELP claim the funds and this is where you come in , so the claim will be smooth for us without any hitch and we will use it for investment purpose of our choice.
All that is required is for you to provide me with your details for processing of the necessary legal and administrative claim documents for transfer of the funds in your name. Kindly provide me with your full name, address, and telephone number. I will ensure all procedures to see that the fund is transferred to your account, of which you will be capable of accessing the funds . My share will be 65% and your share 35% percent of the total amount. THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED. The Claims Resolution Board has put funds in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for necessary disbursement. I find myself privileged to have this information and this may be a great opportunity for a lifetime success without risks.
 Due to security reasons, replies on my private email: (, This transaction is not a Child's Play and should not be treated as such, if you are capable then reply, if not delete.
Best Regards,Piet VandermerweMember (SARC)

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