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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: Graham Dickens <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 07:48:36 +0200
Subject: South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC)

South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC)

Private Bag. X50 Johannesburg, South Africa

Good Day

This letter should have reached you by post because of its highly
confidential nature but in these days of internet speed and issues, this
seems to be the most, take-a-chance, direct means of contact. I crave your
discreet indulgence herein should you be inclined towards this brief.

I am Mr Graham Dickens, a member of South African Reconciliation Committee
(SARC), South Africa, is charged with the responsibility of finding bank
accounts in South Africa belonging to Non-South African indigenes, which
have remained dormant since South African apartheid was resolved in 1994.It
may interest you to know that in July of 2007, the South African Reserve
Bank published a list of dormant accounts originally opened by non- South
African citizens. These accounts had been dormant since the end of
apartheid (27 April 1994). Most belonged to apartheid victims.

The continuing efforts of the South African Reconciliation Committee (SARC)
have since resulted in the discovery of additional dormant accounts -
14,000 in December 2009. The published lists contain all types of dormant
accounts, including interest-bearing savings accounts, securities accounts,
safe deposit boxes, custody accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction
accounts, Numbered accounts are also included. Interest is paid on accounts
that were interest bearing when established.

The Claims Resolution Board (CRB) handles processing of all claims on
accounts due to non-South African citizens. I discovered a dormant account
of Bennett .W. Abetti with a credit balance of US$ 27,000,000 (Twenty Seven
Million United State dollars) plus accumulated interest. The beneficiary
was murdered during the apartheid era, leaving no WILL and no possible
records for trace of heirs, That is why I am contacting you to help us
claim this inheritance fund.

The Claims Resolution Board has been mandated to report all unclaimed funds
for permanent closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit balance
into the treasury of South African government as provided by the law for
management of assets of deceased beneficiaries who died interstate (living
no wills). Being a top executive at SARC, I have all secret details and
necessary contacts for claim of the funds without any hitch. . Due to the
sensitive nature of my job, I need a foreigner to HELP claim the funds and
this is where you come in , so the claim will be smooth for us without any
hitch and we will use it for investment purpose of our choice.

All that is required is for you to provide me with your details for
processing of the necessary legal and administrative claim documents for
transfer of the funds in your name. Kindly provide me with your full name,
address, and telephone number. I will ensure all procedures to see that the
fund is transferred to your account, of which you will be capable of
accessing the funds . My share will be 65% and your share 35% percent of
the total amount. THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED. The Claims Resolution Board
has put funds in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for necessary
disbursement. I find myself privileged to have this information and this
may be a great opportunity for a lifetime success without risks.

Due to security reasons, replies on my private email:( ), Please consider within yourself to come in with
me or not, with the unequivocal promise not to jeopardize each other in any
way. I represent my senior colleagues without fear, having taken meticulous
time to perfect the sequence of government protocol and transfer. This
contact to you is hereby left to fate that we pray to encounter a
reasonable business-minded individual. Do kindly contact me urgently for
our easier communication.

Best Regards,

Mr Graham Dickens

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