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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: "Thabo Mbeki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2018 05:43:35 -0800
Subject: Hello My Good Friend

Attention Sir,

I am Mr Thabo Mbeki the former South Africa President.

Sir. In confident can I Invest a total of $150,000,000.00 M in your company. Please if interested this should be 100% risk free and there should be a total confidential transaction. Please let me know if you are interested.

More so you will be required to speak with my Adviser to give you proper details of procedure as this can be transferred into your account within 7 days.

I am waiting to hear from you,kindly reply me via my private email account




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