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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: ewan charamba <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:08:11 +0000
Subject: hi


I have come to you with good intention. I am Dr. Douglas Blair, The Director of Logistics and Procurement in the department of Health Republic of South Africa. During the Covid 19 Pandemic my department and the Government of the Republic of South Africa engaged foreign contractors for the Supply of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
During the period under review, myself and few others in the Department of Health and some officials of the Government intentionally over involved all PPE Contracts within the 7 Months the national Lockdown to the tune of US$25,800,000.00 ( Twenty Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Let me remind that our Government voted about US$50billion to caution the effect of the pandemic, it is on this premise we decided al have a little share of the fund, I want to equally inform you that the real contractors has been paid fully and this fund is currently floating a a special account with a commercial bank here in South Africa.
Therefore in view of my career and a senior Civil Servant, I cannot claim this fund, I want to invite you to come and stand as the legal beneficiary of the fund, you will be provided with the documents to claim the fund through the legal detects of the Country, You will be guided on how to claim the fund.

Let me know if you are interested to partner with me, for your participation, 30% of the fund is yours while 70% for me and my colleagues.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Douglas Blair
Logistics& procurement
Department of Health
Republic of South Africa.


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