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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 Investec Bank Cape Town Office" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:53:51 +0200
Subject: Dear Beneficiary Reply Back

Investec Bank Cape Town office
Cape Town, South Africa
General enquires
36 Hans Strijdom Avenue Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
Tel: +27 21 416 1001,

Attention: Beneficiray

We finally wired the partpayment of your fund into your bank account today through our online banking.,Please check your bank account today and get back to us as soon as you confirm the payment into your account.

Thanks for banking with us!

Best regards

Mr Jim carroit
E-banking Manager

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