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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: "Daniele S. Gumede" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:38:51 -0700

Hello Sir,

How are you today? I am Daniele Gumede, an investor banker and the account officer to Mr. Julian Williams, CEO of Basileus Capital, a private-equity group here in Cape Town South Africa.

On the 26th of July, 2012, my client, (Mr. Williams) was shot dead by his former business partner due to a payment dispute/misunderstanding between them. See link below.

I have contacted you to assist in regaining the money deposited secretly by my client in total of Fifty Million US Dollars ($50,000,000 USD) before it gets appropriated and declared negated by my bank where this huge deposit was lodged.

Since the said amount above ($50,000,000 USD) was deposited without the knowledge of anyone of his (Mr. Williams) relatives, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then you and I can share. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us to see this deal through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me at to enable us to discuss further about this transaction.

Thank you,

Daniele S. Gumede

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