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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:

Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2020 17:25:47 +0200

Dear Sir

I will like to discuss this business with you and it has nothing to do with=
someone in my country believe me is only you that is outside south Africa =
can handle this deal. i only got your contact details from when I was searc=
hing for a friend Information On-line Service on my personal programmed sea=
rch on the internet for an individual to assist with sincerely & confidenti=
al which your information & profiles were very satisfactory; so I decided t=
o contact you immediately. It is my great pleasure to write you this letter=
and this email is my private email as we need to keep this transaction as =
a confidential. (<>}

Within the bank where I work as an account officer; I want to tell you that=
I work with Absa bank of South Africa. And here in our bank I discovered t=
hat a customer deposited the sum of USD6 Million in our bank On my finding =
i discovered that he passed away on the covid-19 since then none of his rel=
ative came for the funds claim and I don't think anyone knows about this fu=
nd. I am his account officer.

So I am writing to you as I will want you to stand as his next of kin so th=
at the funds will be released to you. It is pure deal transaction between m=
e and you. I am seeking your assistance to front as the next of kin to the =
unclaimed deceased funds; an application for claim to reflect payment and a=
pprovals will be secured on behalf of your name as I have a good lawyer fri=
end who will help us proceed with everything to my bank making an applicati=
on with your name to my bank as you been the next of kin and for the releas=
e of the funds to you in any of your account in overseas and not here in my=
country south Africa.

but the funds need to be transferred out of south Africa. I have to propos=
e that should you be willing to assist me in this transaction your share as=
compensation will be (30%) I will then get (65%) with the lawyer who will =
be assisting us and the balance of (5%) for taxation and miscellaneous expe=
nses incurred during the transfer process. The business is completely safe =
and secure; provided you treat it with Utmost confidentiality. As a transfe=
r of powers of attorney will be secured in favor of your name through my la=
wyer friend and for my bank to release the funds on your name as the next o=
f kin. ..

I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint m=
e. Your urgent response needed. Please kindly contact me back on my private=

Thanks Mr. thomason wilcox

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