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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: From Admin To You <>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:25:23 +0200
Subject: Re:Admin

From: Mr.Amos Masondo
Old Mutual Bank of South Africa
Tel +27 73 047 6210


I know that this e-mail will come to you as a surprise since we don’t
know each other before now. For purpose of introduction, I am Mr.Amos
Masondo the Chairman of Board of Committees of Old Mutual Bank of South
Africa (OMBSA)I have a business proposition that would be of great
benefits to myself and you. Kindly do email back should you be
interested for a full debriefing.

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