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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: From Admin To You <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:25:12 +0000
Subject: Cry For Help


My name is Courtney Van Wyk,This might be a surprise to you about where I
got your contact address; I got your address from the business bureau.I
need to discuss a proposition that will be of great benefit to you.

You can reach me or my mother on this number.Please do email us through the
below email address.

Tel+ 27 78 406 4881


We offer non-collateral loans ranging from R30,000.00 to the tune of
R200 Million between 1-20yrs at low interest rate of 7.5% with no
collateral blacklisted under administration you are or call our
extension on 0621412017 extension 101 to speak to a staff from 9am to

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