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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: Sat, 3 Jul 2021 08:40:54 +0200

*Tower Buildings, #80-153 Commissioner Street Johannesburg, Republic of
South Africa. Subject: Humble Business Assistance Sir/Madam My name is
Mrs. MICHELLE, the Chief external Auditor of First National Bank of South
Africa (FNB) I am seeking for your Co-operation to present you as the Next
of Kin/Will Beneficiary to my deceased client. Before his death, he has an
Account Balance with my bank to the tune of US$24.5 Million United States
Dollars . His Name is Dr. George Brumley an American National. And a
South Africa, he died In an air crash along with his family and other
passengers on board You can confirm this from the website below.
<> No
other person knows about this account. The Strategy is to use our influence
as bank directors to approve the transfer. With your assurance that this
money will be intact after the transfer pending my physical arrival in your
country for sharing,I will apply for annual leave to get visa upon my
confirmation that you have received the fund in your account . At the
conclusion of this Business you will be given 35% of the Total amount, 60%
will be for me and 5% will be set aside to settle every expense during the
transaction. for more info; Please kindly call my colleague on *his

*mobile{+27 61-99-504-24 /or email;
<> after sending your mail Thanks and may the
Almighty God bless you. Warmest Regards. Mrs. MICHELLE* *,*

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