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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: xcmnmxcmnc mnxcnnmmc <>
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2020 05:34:47 +0000
Subject: Unclaimed money

From: Mike Dube

Telephone: +27834985293 CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL

Hello, My Name is Mr Mike Dubbe the Chief Operating Officer of Standard Bank of South Africa and I am in need of a reliable foreigner to carry out this important deal.

An account was opened in my bank by one of my customer in the name of MR. THOMAS BAHIA a Dutch National from Germany who made a fixed deposit of $11,500,000.00 (Eleven Million, Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and never show up again and I later discovered that he died with his entire family members on a plane crash and below is the link to the crash. Now I want to present a foreigner as next of kin to late Thomas so we can make the claim because if nobody makes the claim, the fund will be taken by the Government as unclaimed funds and it will be stolen by Government corrupt officials and that I do not want to happen and you can contact me if you are interested so I can give you more detailed information about this transaction.


Mr Mike Dubbe.

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