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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 Meyer" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:28:03 -0400

Dear Friend,

I am John Meyer an Auditor General in one of the major leading Banks in
South Africa. In my Standard Bank, I discovered an abandoned large sum of
money USD$38 M (Thirty-Eight Million United States Dollars) belonging to
one of our late Foreign Customer since 1999 nobody has operated this
account .

The owner of this account is SEAN BURKE a American National, also a
businessman based in South Africa, who was involved in an air crash in
August 2000.

Please confirm from this web site to know more.

I am basically writing to you to seek your Sincere Co-operation to present
you as the only sole business partner beneficiary to this deceased Name
(SEAN BURKE) Since he specified no beneficiary, and no other person knows
about this Account.

The Strategy/plan is to use my influence As Auditor of the bank to approve
the funds to you.

If you are keen/interested let me know so that I can explain further
details and next procedure/modalities more precisely and the share ratio.

Kindly respond with your details, such as:

1. Your Full Names:
2. Cell Phone Numbers:
3. Fax Numbers:
4. Postal Address:
5. Occupation
6. Date of birth.

Please do contact with this my private e-mail address: and telephone numbers TEL/
+27-78 101 5849 for further details

Sincere Regards.

Mr.John Meyer

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