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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: Fri, 1 Jan 2021 01:09:36 +0200

Good Day,
I work as the accountant and auditor manager in a Bank here in South Africa=
; I have a very confidential Business Proposition for you.
There is a huge amount of money in the bank unclaimed. Belonging to the ban=
k foreign customer whom dies with his entire family of this Covid-19 pandem=
I seek your good collaboration to move the funds to you as immediate relati=
ve for our benefit also to assist the needy during these trying times. =

Kindly get back to me once you have read this mail and if you=2019re intere=
sted so will furnish you with more relevant details.
Please send your reply to any of my private email addresses: nralph34@yahoo=
.com and
Yours Sincerely.
Mr.Ralph Nicholas.

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