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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: zack kareem <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:00:04 +0200
Subject: I look forward to it.

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Simon Adams, I represent a well-known African family
currently living in Political Asylum. I have a very sensitive and
private brief from this family to ask for your partnership to
re-profile a large amount of fund. I will give the details, but in
summary, the fund is in Custodial Service of an international
Logistics Company with offices and vault in South Africa. They are in
alliance with one of the prime Bank where they have a considerable

If you are willing and interested revert back to me by email and
provide me with your full contact details or company profile including
your private telephone number. In your response, I will send you an
elaborate proposal and details of this offer. Your response must
strictly be on this e-mail and telephone number
( +27 78 479 6857.

Note and very vital, kindly keep this proposal extremely confidential
whatever your decision, write me back, I look forward to it.

Yours Faithfully,


Mr. Simon Adams.

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