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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: "Robert Colonna" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:24:29 +0200

Attention Sir/Madam,
In order to transfer out US$ 48,800,000 dollars (Forty Eight Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars) from ABSA Bank, I have the courage to contact you if you are interested and wanting to help transfer this fund out from South Africa to your country for investment. If you are interested and willing to help transfer this fund outside South Africa to your destination for investment. Please consider this as deal between both of us, and we are going to sign an agreement before we take off.
For the purpose of introduction, I am Mr. Robert Colonna, an Auditor in the ABSA Bank of South Africa, there was an account opened in this bank since 1990 and since then nobody has operated this account from 2002 to date, the original owner is dead, his information according to a file in my office, he died since 1991 and his name is Mr. Joseph Andreas, a foreigner.
Following this development, I want to transfer this fund in any overseas account, this is a deal if you are interested, your personal account details, also your contact fax number and private phone number are needed for easy communication, be rest assured that this transaction will only last for three weeks, I have agreed to offer you 30% of the total money, 70% will be for my investment{s} in any other country you may deem safe.
I would be appreciative of your urgent and confidential treatment of this matter.
Kindly contacts me on my number +27 63 300 5734 or email: or for more details.
Best regards,
Mr. Robert Colonna.

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