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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: "kins Zondo"<>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:20:58 -0700

Good Day
My sincere apologies if the contents hereunder are contrary to your moral =
ethics. Open your mind to this one in a lifetime opportunity and please tre=
at with absolute confidentiality.
I am Mr. Kins Zondo, a Client Relationship Officer at Rand Merchant Bank P=
rivate Bank. On 29th November 2013 at about 18:29 hours. A Mozambican Airli=
nes plane that went down in torrential rain in Namibia carrying mining magn=
ates and business people ( O=
ne of our esteemed clients Mr. Andrew Stapleton made a numbered time (Fixed=
Deposit) for twelve calendar months in my Bank since October 2013. Upon ma=
turity, we sent a usual notice to his known address but got no answer.
After a month we sent a reminder and finally we discovered that they were =
also on that same flight on a vacation with his family to Namibia and unfor=
tunately this sad event happened.
On additional inquisition, the Bank discovered that he died without making=
a WILL or TESTAMENT and all efforts made to locate any of his extended rel=
atives proved abortive. On further inquest, it was discovered that late Mr.=
Andrew Stapleton only stated his wife/business partner on all official doc=
uments and she was also dead in the crash.
The total invested sum of US$9.5M still in my bank unclaimed. No one would=
ever come forward to claim this money.
In accordance with the Financial Services Authority Guiding Principles, th=
e account would be declared fallow and the proceeds would be revert to the =
possession of the South African Government if nobody applies as the
beneficiary to the funds.
On this note, I wish to invite you as a foreigner partner to stand in as t=
he beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account will be=
released to you for us to share as similar chances do arise in the Bank an=
d it=2019s only the Top Executives that siphon such funds for their own agg=
Upon your acceptance of this proposition I shall give you comprehensive in=
formation on how this venture would be accomplished without any hitch.
Moreover, we shall employ the services of a notary here for the purpose of=
procuring a letter of probate and to obtain all other pertinent documents =
in your name for the requisite documentation for immediate approval of this=
fund to your favour.
The money would be shared in the ratio of: Fifty percent for me, forty fiv=
e percent for you and five percent for lawyer representing us. I pledged th=
at this venture would be accomplished under a justifiable pact that will pr=
otect you from any legal trouble and I will use my significant influence in=
the bank to secure approvals and guarantee the successful completion of th=
is transaction.
Please be informed that your extreme discretion is required. If this propo=
sition interests you, kindly reply me directly by email and indicate your r=
eadiness and willingness to finalize this transaction with me. Email me you=
r full names and contact details.
Upon receipt of your positive response with the requested information, I w=
ill contact the lawyer to start the preliminary arrangements and also draft=
an application letter with your endorsement and send it officially to my B=
ank to enable them start Administrative Processing and Approval in your fav=
Thanks for your time as I look forward to your timely and positive reply v=
ia my private mail (
Respectfully yours,
Kins Zondo

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