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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mazibuko" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:56:48 +0200
Subject: Good Day!

Greeting From South Africa,

The internet has been grossly abused by scam artist and miscreants whose intention is to hurt. In as much as one should be careful, same time we should not allow negative to kill the positive potential in a realistic business, please read my proposal carefully which is 100% Risk-free.

My name is Mr. E Mazibuko the Head: Financial Surveillance Department Reserve Bank South Africa, married with three children. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department. After annual audit last month I discovered documents of a late client Mr. Andreas Schranner; A German business magnate who made a number of fixed deposit with my branch valued $12M (Twelve Million United State Dollars) and I was lucky to have the scan documents with me in save position. I discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Andreas Schranner, died in the plane crash Monday, 31 July 2000, (an air France jet liner) with his entire family and other passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself via the website below:


According to South Africa banking law after the expiration of 17 (Seventeen) years, if nobody apply for the claim, it will be confiscated and sent to state treasury, I am seeking for your support to stand as next of kin / beneficiary to claim these funds so that we move it into useful investments, I am ready to share with you, 40% for you and 60% will be kept for me, You will provide offshore account where the funds will be transferred to. The reason while I am contacting you is because I cannot stand in the forefront to claim the funds alone because I am currently working with the bank, reply to my private

I will like you to provide me with the following details if you are interested:

(1) Your Valid Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Address.
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:

Then I shall furnish you with due process on how to conclude this transaction without any delay. Please discard this message if you are not interested. One passionate appeal, I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, if you have any reasons to reject this offer, please and please discard this message as any Leakage of this information will be too bad for me at my work place as the Head: Financial Surveillance Department, here in South Africa Reserve Bank.

Thanks for your kind understanding.

Mr. E Mazibuko
Head: Financial Surveillance Department
South Africa Reserve Bank.

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