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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: "Abel Taka" <>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 17:04:10 +0100
Subject: Please Note. Telephone: +27837279295 =
Hello, My Name is Abel Taka the Chief Operating Officer of S=
tandard Bank of South Africa and I am in need of a reliable foreigner to ca=
rry 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 Th=
ousand United States Dollars) and never show up again and I later discovere=
d that he died with his entire family members on a plane crash that occurre=
d in Libya on the 12th of May 2010 and below is a link for your view.. = Now I wa=
nt to present a foreigner as next of kin to late Thomas so we can make the =
claim and you can contact me if you are interested so I can give you more d=
etailed information about this transaction. For the sharing of the money wi=
ll be shared in the ratio of 50% for me, 40% for you and 10% to cover our e=
xpenses after the deal. Now the total amount to be transferred is $12.2=
million because of the interest the fund has accumulated since 2010. T=
hanks. Abel Taka. =20

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