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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: "Mr Cyrus Abraham" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 05:41:55 -0700

Dear Valued Beneficiary,

We are writing to inform you that we received a petition on your behalf concerning your unpaid contract / inheritance payment which have been long over due.

However,we have been directed by the Office of the Presidency,Republic of South Africa to contact you and let you know that the sum of $2.5 Million USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) has been approved to be paid to you as part payment for your long overdue payment with the Ministry of Finance. Your payment file with us indicates that you have a total of $15 million dollars outstanding payment.But the Office of the Presidency has approved just $2.5 million part payment to be paid to you while the balance shall be paid thereafter.

Meanwhile,the Management of the Reserved Bank of South Africa has scheduled to pay these $2.5 million USD to you through our Automated Teller Machine Card (ATM Card). We have processed and programmed the ATM Card to pay you a maximum of $20,000 (Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) everyday in any ATM Machine in your country.We have also arranged with our accredited lawyer, Barrister Sean Moore for him to pick it up from our office for his onward delivery to your contact address.

We therefore implore you to contact our Bank Accredited Lawyer immediately through his personal contact details below for the delivery of your ATM card as scheduled.

Name: Mr Sean Moore


Please note that you are expected to pay the Lawyer the sum of $225.00usd only for the secure delivery of this ATM card to your address. Also ensure that you send these your undermentioned personal information to him.

1.Your complete Names

2.Your contact address for the delivery.

3.Your phone number.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Cyrus Abraham.
(Director of Legal Dept)

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