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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: <>
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:39:06 -0700
Subject: Re: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Fredrick Malusi, A private accountant and auditor Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA). I need your service in a confidential matter regarding the transfer of sum amount of money worth Twenty Million United States Dollars ($20M-USD).

An investor and a contractor with the Kruger diamond mines died without naming a legal next of kin to his fund in my bank and you are bearing the same surname with him. The amount is Twenty Million United State Dollars ($20M-USD) and banking regulation legislation in South Africa demand that I notify the fiscal authorities after five years.

Further details will be given upon your response or reply indicating your interest. Below is my personal contact detail for our further oral communication. Also furnish with me your private telephone numbers and alternative private email address if any, for confidential communications.

Send your reply to my private email address (Email: with your full contact details, Country of origin and Contact address, if interested.


Mr. Fred Malusi

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