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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: =?UTF-8?B?TXIuUmljYXJkbyBBbGxpc29u?= <>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 06:12:52 +0900 (JST)

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES SANDTON TOWERS, JOHANNESBURG P.M.B. 12701 SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE DESK OF: Mr. Ricardo Allison (Manager 14 Project Allocation) Contact me on Private Email: CONFIDENTIAL Hello , I am a member of the contract award committee and 14 project allocation manager, of the Department of Minerals and Natural Resources in South Africa; I am in search of an agent to assist me in the transfer of (USD35M) and subsequent investment in properties in your country. You will be required to. (1) Assist in the transfer of the said funds (2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment (3) Assist me in purchase of properties. If you decide to render your service to me in this regard, 50% of the total sum of USD35M will be for you and 50% will be for me. Thank you and God bless, as I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. On acceptance of this email,Kindly send to me your full names and private phone number so that we can talk over the phone. Yours Faithfully, Mr. Ricardo Allison N.B: Please endeavor to send me a response via my more Confidential email address (above) for further details.

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