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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: "Office Matters" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:36:06 +0100
Subject: good day..

Beloved Friend

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail
meets you in a perfect condition.

You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you
do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past
regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.I
am using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar business
has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.
I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transaction of fund into
your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the bank to my
new partner's account in China that was capable of assisting me in this great

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed during
the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to
you with the sum of $2,000,000.00. I have left an international certified bank
draft for you worth $2,000,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.My dear friend
I want you to contact Reverend Father Nkosi Nvula In Johannesburg South Africa
to deliver the Bank Draft to you Once you get in touch with him.

I have authorized him to release the international certified bank draft to you
as soon as you contact him regarding this issue. At the moment, I am very busy
here in China for investement with my new partner. Please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Also
comply with Rev.Father Nkosi Nvula so that he will send the draft to you
without any delay, contact him on the below contact

Name: Reverend Father Nkosi Nvula
Address: Saint Charles Borromeo parish in Victory Park, Johannesburg

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your address
where you want him to send the certified bank draft to you.
Thanks and God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you soon.

Barrister Mangisah Ujah

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