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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: "Kathy Collins" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:24:19 +0100
Subject: Urgent And Confidential

Attention: The Director/Ceo
I am the Director Of Finance And Supply Ministry Of Minerals And Energy he=
re in South Africa
Tender board recently awarded contract for the supply of computers to high=
er institution of learning within the provinces in south africa.This projec=
t was sponsored by the world bank education project,worth over USD$500 mill=
ion under the universal basic education scheme however, The contract was ov=
er invoiced in the excess of USD$25,000,000,00.
This contractor has been paid and the outstanding surplus amount of USD$25=
million is still unclaimed at reserve bank of south africa
This fund is ripe and ready to be transferred abroad, therefore if you are=
willing to collabrate with me in order to move the fund to your account ab=
road feel free to contact me so that we can negotiate the process of the tr=
ansfer and also the sharing formula. The nature of your job does not matter=
in this deal
Your Faithfully
Mrs Kathy Collins
Ministry Of Minerals And Energy

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