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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: "Julian S. Irwin" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:32:43 +0200

Good Day ,

I do apologise if my message has come to you abruptly,My name is Mr.
Julian S. Irwin a Deceased Estates Administrator at First National
Bank,South Africa.

I am a partner and colleague of the Chief Financial Officer of my
bank( First National Bank,South Africa),who is the Financial Advisor
and Property Manager to MR. Ottmar Cronje, an Austrian National, who
was involved in an air crash along with members of his family in June
of 2010.
Before my partner's late client's death,he was a successful business
man and left behind a huge estate. Unfortunately, the names stated as
late Mr. Ottmar Cronje's next of kin died along with him in the air
Being a Deceased Estates Administrator at my bank,I was given the task
of locating relatives of late Mr. Ottmar Cronje. I have unsuccessfully
done all investigative processes and made several inquiries to his
Embassy since his death to locate any of his extended relatives. After
several unsuccessful attempts in locating a next of kin,i decided to
trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his
family but to no avail.
As things stand, the bank has issued a Thirty Official
Working Day notice for the next of kin to be provided or the Estate of
the Deceased will be declared unserviceable and will consequently be
declared unclaimed and confiscated by the Reserve Bank Of South Africa
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the funds and property
which amounts to US$ 25,523.800.00 ( Twenty Five Million Five Hundred
Twenty Three Thousand Eight Hundred United States Dollars) left behind
by late Mr. Ottmar Cronje before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank.

Since no success has been made in locating relatives of the Deceased
for over 5 years now, i seek your consent to present you as the next
of kin and new beneficiary so that the proceeds of his Estate valued
at US $25,523,800 Dollars can be paid to you and then we all can
utilize it for decent purposes. I have contacted you as a Foreign
National because it would be difficult for this money to be approved
to a local bank here as the money is in United States Dollars and the
Deceased was a foreign national.

However, I would like to add here that upon your acceptance to assist
us in this task, You will be rewarded with 25% of the total sum for
your honest assistance and co-operation,15% for Charity(Building of
Orphanage homes) ,another 15% for investments that will employ the
poor,in the process alleviating poverty.

My partner and I will receive 40% ,another 5% will be for taxation
and any expenses that may come up either by myself, yourself or my
partner during the transfer. This transfer process is intended
immediately after you declare your interest by providing the below
listed information.
Full Names:
Contact Telephone/Fax:

All necessary legal documents that will be used to back up the claim
will be obtained when we start the application process. All that is
required is your honest cooperation to enable us carry out this deal.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. After your
response,we will discuss further and please do ensure to keep this

Do contact me on the following email address :

Best Regards,
Mr. Julian S. Irwin
Deceased Estates Administrator
First National Bank,
South Africa.

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