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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: Mr. SIMON<>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:13:21 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr. Simon Adams, I represent a well-known African family but currently retired from active politics. 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 with Standard Bank of South Africa where they have a considerable stake.

Presently our firm has established a profiling channel through some high profile bankers in Standard Bank of South Africa and we have put a plan in place to move the capital through the assistance of the bankers. We need to present you/your Company as a management Consultant to undertake and complete this re-profiling job. I will send you an elaborate proposal and details of this offer. For security reason our communication should strictly be via e-mail ( Write me back. I look forward to it.
Yours Faithfully,


Mr. Simon Adams.

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