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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: "Mr. Mathew Zikalala" <>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 19:48:30 +0100
Subject: This is good Telephone: +27837279295 =
Hello, My Name is Mathew Zikalala the Chief Operating Of=
ficer of Standard Bank of South Africa and I am in need of a reliable forei=
gner 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 fro=
m 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 th=
at occurred in Libya on the 12th of May 2010 and below is a link for your v=
iew.. =
Now I want 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 detailed information about this transaction. For the sharing of th=
e money will be shared in the ratio of 50% for me, 40% for you and 10% to c=
over our expenses after the deal. Now the total amount to be transferre=
d is $12.2 million because of the interest the fund has accumulated since 2=
010. Thanks. Mathew Zikalala. =20

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