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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:

Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:27:56 +0000


Attn: Thyaisha Dyson.

This mail serves to inform you that we have finally concluded
arrangements towards your lottery payment which was on hold in Our Bank
for Long Period Due to Lack of Cooperation and Dealings with Wrong
Officials of the Bank.
Right now the Ministry of Finance Bank of England HSBC Bank Plc and
United Kingdom Inland Revenue gathered some meeting concerning how
winning fund prize will be released into your designated bank account in
your country without further delay since we’re in the ending of the year
2017 and it’s now due to be released as the said funds belongs to you.

We apologize for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences
that we might have caused you during this period. However we have made
Contact with the Reserve Bank of South Africa to handle the Final
Release of Fund into your account since you cannot meet up in settling
all the charges requested for the release of fund into your account as
the beneficiary.

The Bank of England Director (Mr. Spencer Dale) have give serious
warning and Instructions and ordered to the Inland Revenue Services
Department England to quickly released all the on hold funds which is in
their escrow account custody to the sole beneficiary’s which you are
among those who will receive their Inheritance To Claim your fund you
need to Contact Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of South Africa Dr.
Daniel Mminele as the Reserve Bank Does not Deal with Individual but
Banks So you are Advice to Contact Dr.Daniel Mminele on his email
Address: ( with your Details and
Cooperate with him to Guide you on how to Obtain a Clearance for the
Immediate Release of your fund into your Account. As soon as you have
contacted him tell him to help you to obtain the Clearance Certificate
which is the only document you are required to provide.

You Are Requested to Provide below Details to Dr. Daniel Mminele while
contacting him

Full Name..........................................
Address ...........................................

A Copy of your ID or any of your identification

You’re truly
Mr. Cargill John
Manager Foreign Remittance Department HSBC Bank London

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