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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: "Mrs Clair Sanderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 19:21:50 +0200
Subject: Attn: Message From Mrs Claire Sanderson

Attn Dear,

I'm Mrs Claire Sanderson of IMF Nation Wide, We have finally arranged to transfer your $1,000,000.00 USD through STANDARD BANK SOUTH AFRICA. We were able to accomplish this through the help of Sir Edward Marcos of FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE SOUTH AFRICA and every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the manager Thomas Andrew Nkosi Contact him via his ( with your information such as your phone number, address, Occupation, age and also with your bank details where to affect the transfer.

His contact information below,

Contact Person: Thomas Andrew Nkosi
Standard Bank,
Corporate Office
2, Hans Strijdom Ave Ln, Cape Town City Centre

IMPORTANT NOTE: The charges has been paid, the only money they will require you to pay is the Official processing fee of the bank the sum of $266 dollars.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Message From Mrs Claire Sanderson.

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