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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: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 02:46:49 +0200
Subject: RE:04/10/2019

We introduce South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS) to you, with sole objective of stopping cyber-crime, Internet fraud, scams and money laundering in Africa, America and London (United Kingdom).

Since 2004 that the commission was founded we have succeeded in prosecuting and jailing over 7,500 in Africa, China, Malaysia, United States and UK and while over 6000 fraudsters are at various stage of prosecution. We have been able to stop the loss of millions of dollars by foreigners via deception with a promise of certain percentages in their letters requesting help to move certain funds and demanding money from their victims.

However the African and International Crime Fighters Commission-UN (AICFC) recently recovered over $422 Billion Dollars (Four Hundred and Twenty two Billion Dollars) from those apprehended and successfully prosecuted.

We write you at this time as our investigations shows you are once a victim of this crime and In line with our objective to help recover and restore stolen or lost fund through cyber-fraud, this is to inform you that the government have approved the sum of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US $5,500,000.00), as fund to be return to you.

Kindly note, you may need to know that your payment of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) will be paid within 72hours through the International ATM CARD which will be issued in your favor. Please find below other recent beneficiaries who got their international ATM Card successfully: Name: Donna L. Vargas: UPS Tracking Number: EO 989 255 511 US (, Name: Rovenda Elaine Clayton: UPS Tracking Number: 873944886796 (

How to Claim Refund: Fill in details of the following and send to the bank below,
Your Name:
Your Mailing address (Not P.O Box Please)
Your Direct Mobile Number:

OFFICE ADDRESS: 7th Floor Absa Towers West 15 Troye Street Johannesburg 2001.
CONTACT PERSON: Mr.James Nwangi (Payment Director)

Mr.Clifford Mohlaloga
Executive Chairman
South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS)

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