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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: "John Azii" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:44:39 -0300
Subject: Greetings:

I humbly crave your indulgence in sending you this mail,Let me start first, introduce myself properly to you.

I am Mr MARK WILLIAMS, of Dept of Bill and Exchange with SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK.I need your consent to handle this transaction because it entails large amount of funds($15.2 Million Dollars) deposited by a deceased customer in our bank.
I wish to know if we can work together.I would like you to stand as next of kin to my deceased client, who was among the people that lost their life in the Egypt air crash 1999, with the wife.

He made some deposits with our bank, and died without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate.If you are interested you do let me know by email;

so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do.

I urgently hope to get your response.

Best regards,


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