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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: ACT <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:11:18 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: View

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Content Manager, FBI Home Page
135 Johnston Road, Room 7350
Cape Town, 20535
(Dialogue Center)


This message is directed to inform you that we have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and Scam Artists in the. World with the help of the African Union (AU), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of African countries and Europe, and they are all in Government custody now.

During the course of our investigation, we discovered diversion of funds that was approved previously in your name to be transferred into the account details stipulated below:

Account Name: ALAIN CHONG
Account Number: 193720946
Swift Code: CIBBMYKL

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved US$500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as compensation to any company or individual affected with, if you have been involved in any fund related issue under contract, lottery awarded payment or other monetary issues which your payment have not been made to you from 1996 to 2018, urgently furnish us the following:

1. Your Full Name: ……………..
2. Contact Telephone Number:....
3. Country of Origin: …………....
4. Your Alternative Email:……….

Contact Person: Mr. Sakhile Kumalo
Telephone: + 27 71 779 3948
Rreply to this agent email: (

The reason we are requesting the above information is to enable us check through our database if you are actually the person authorized the transfer to the Malaysian account.

Contact us now and forward the requested details to this email address: (

Best regards,
Jan Meyer
Finance Division.

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