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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: "Mrs. Isabel Novales" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:31:47 -0500
Subject: RE:IN REPLY.


How are you today? I am Isabel Novales, an investor banker and the account officer to Mr. Julian Williams, CEO of Basileus Capital, a private-equity group here in Cape Town South Africa,On the 26th of July, 2012, my client, (Mr. Williams) was shot dead by his former business partner due to a payment dispute/misunderstanding between them. See link below. jordanmaglich/2012/08/08/ murder-suicide-at-center-of- potential-245-million-south- african-ponzi-scheme/

Murder-Suicide at Center of Potential $245 Million South ... Jordan Maglich Contributor. I write about white-collar crime, with a focus on Ponzi schemes. full bio ? Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are ...

Please get in touch to enable us discuss further about an opportunity we have here.

Thank you,

Isabel Novales

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