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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: "Frank V.Wyngaard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:29:06 -0800
Subject: Re:Consent Request

Dear Friend,
This may come to you as a surprise; i got your email from one of the official websites then I decided to build up confidence to disclose this benefiting transaction with you.
I write this proposal directly to you in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you.
I have a transaction that will benefit both of us and your assistance is highly needed as a foreigner. I need your assistant / trust to archive success to transfer a certain sum of $15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand USA Dollar) only to be in your custody then i will come Frank V.Wyngaard, I am an Internal Auditor Manager at Standard Bank of South Africa. During our last audit I discover the above mentioned sum in an account Laying fallow for over 9 years and no attempt of claim till date.
I have all the necessary informations of the fund owner and depositor which I will release to you to enable the fund be pay to you as the right next of kin to the fund owner and depositor.
I will provide to you all the information which you will forward to the South African Reserve Bank that will prove the due date of the registered/deposited funds, also to enable South Africa Reserve Bank to work with you as the real fund beneficiary without any question or delay.
Remember, you must be trustworthy to handle this transaction with me to archive success while I will direct you what to do at every step until the total fund gets into any of your bank account.
I wish I have made myself clear at some points so therefore if you find my proposal so interesting then we can work together but if not, you can easily delete it.
However, do not expose my proposal to any one or bank knowing fully well that this is just a deal between you and me, so that i will not be expel from my job.
This is just an opportunity coming on my way that the bank managers / directors have been enjoying for years.
We will share the fund equal 50% for you and other 50% for me.
Please reply to my private
Best regards,
Frank V.Wyngaard
Tel: +27782286599

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