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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: Augustus Kebby <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 02:26:43 -0700
Subject: Please Read and Respond.

Dear Sir,

I want to trust you to assist me in this business transaction. I am
Mr. Augustus Kebby the Area District chief auditor of the Standard
Bank Plc - South Africa (STB).

There is an account opened in this bank in 2002 and since 2013, nobody
has operated on this account again. After an intensive investigation,
I discovered that the owner of this account was the owner of GENE
BILLINGS COMPANY PLC. A foreigner and Diamond magnet that died in 2009
and the account has no beneficiary, my investigation proved to mean
well that this company does not know anything about this account.

The amount involved is US$ (Fifty -Three Million, One
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only). In the light of the
above fact, honesty I need your assistance to move this fund to
another account outside South Africa for you and I to share 70-30%.If
I can trust you on this, respond for details of the transfer.

I look forward to your earnest response and bear in mind that I will
supply to you any information or details require for the success of
this transfer from the bank where the fund was originally deposited,
reach me on my direct telephone number: +27 781 792 517 or you can
reply by my private e-mail address for more confidentiality

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Augustus Kebby
South Africa

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