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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, 18 Apr 2021 07:44:56 -0700

From: Mr.Harrison Koman
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 848 232 384


Good Day,

My name is Mr. Harrison Koman the chief Auditor of Amalgamated Banks of South Africa (ABSA). This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it’s just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. Your contact is by courtesy of South African Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) in Johannesburg while I was searching for a Foreign Partner. I assured of your capacity and reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed to God about this project, there is an account opened in this bank and since 2004 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I did not quickly remit this money out urgently from here it will be forfeited and transferred into Government treasury as unclaimed funds.

The owner of this account is Late Mr. Manuel Pooto, from Portugal who died along with his entire family in the Tsunami Disaster in Thailand, Indonesia and India 2004 and since then the fund has been in a suspense account awaiting any next of kin. No one knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and the investigation proves to me as well that his company does not know anything about this account and the amount in the account at the moment is US$18, 000, 000.00 (Eighteen Million United States Dollars).

As the money is in United States Dollars, I need a reliable foreign partner/account to transfer the money overseas thus I am contacting you. Please kindly indicate your interest and if so contact me on the above Email or phone numbers to enable me inform you on next step to take. I need your full co-operation to make this transaction work because the management of my bank is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information on this account, which I will give you if you indicate your interest. I hope you can be able to handle such amount in strict confidence because this opportunity will never come again in life. I need your strong assurance and confidentiality. With my position now in the office I will be giving you all the information needed from the bank.

The bank will transfer this money to any reliable foreign account, with assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. All documents regarding this transaction will be destroyed once I receive confirmation of the money in your account thus leaving no trace to anything. I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately on confirmation to receive this fund into your designated account with appropriate clearance forms from the ministries and Foreign Exchange Departments. At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 30% (US$5, 400, 000.00) of the total amount, 60% (US$10, 800, 000.00) will be for me, while 10% (US$1,800,000.00) will be for expenses that we might incur during the course of this transaction.

Finally, please if you are interested in this transaction, I want you to send me your Private Mobile Phone and Fax Numbers for easy Communication including your personal Bank Account Details, where this money will be transferred (Your Bank Name, Bank Address, Account Number, Account Holder’s Name, Bank Branch, Identity Number, Home and Email Address). Please kindly call me on the above private numbers before sending a mail message for security reasons. While I’m looking forward to receiving your immediate reply by phone or email as soon as you receive this letter.

Best Regards,

From: Mr. Harrison Koman
(Amalgamated Banks of South Africa).
Tel: +27 848 232 384

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