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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: "Cassell Harrison"<>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:10:47 +0200
Subject: Trust=

From Mr. Cassell Harrison Tel: +27-735568592 Emai: harrisoncassell001@= This proposal might come to you as a surprise since it i=
s from someone you do not know or had meant before, I had to contact you be=
lieving that you are a reputable person and as such you cannot run away wit=
h my own share of the money at the conclusion of this transaction, i promis=
e and assure you that it's 100% risk free. I am Mr. Cassell Harrison, t=
he director, and coordinator of Finance and Contract Department of the Mine=
rals and Energy with South African Government. The crux of this letter is t=
hat the finance/contract department of the DME deliberately over-inflated t=
he contract values of the various contract awarded. In the course of disbur=
sement of the original contract value, my office was able to track down the=
sum of US$34 Million Dollars as the over-invoiced sum. This money is now f=
loating in the DME domiciliary account with the South African Reserve Bank =
(SARB). I and my colleagues now want to quickly transfer this fund to =
a safe nominated foreign account for possible investment abroad. We are not=
allowed as a matter of government policy to operate any foreign account be=
cause of our status as civil/public servants. Hence the needs to solicit fo=
r a partner abroad to enable us to transfer this money into your foreign ba=
nk account. Upon your acceptance of this proposal, we have also agreed on a=
sharing ratio of; 1. 25% for you as the account owner 2. 70% for I an=
d my colleagues 3. 5% will be set aside to defray all incidental expenses =
both locally and internationally during the course of this transaction, whi=
ch will be shared at the end of the transaction according to each parties i=
nput. Furthermore, we shall be coming over to your country when the m=
oney is finally in your account and we shall be relying on your advice as r=
egards to the investment of our share. Be informed that this business is ge=
nuine and 100% safe considering the high powered government officials invol=
ved. Please do send to me below stated details which will be used to ap=
ply to the bank for the release of the said amount. (1) Your Ful=
l Names, (2) Your Full Address. (3) Your Teleph=
one Number, (4) Age, (5) Occupation, Thi=
s is to effect the swift transfer of this fund into your account in less th=
an 14 working days. Contact me strictly via my email address or my private =
phone number, while looking forward to a healthy business relationship with=
you. Yours Faithfully, Mr. Cassell Harrison Tel: +27-735568592=
Emai: =20

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