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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: iiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiii <>
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2021 10:57:55 +0000
Subject: hello

I am The Branch Manager in Charge of F N B Safes Vaults Security & Financial Services South Africa, I have important Matter to discuss with you concerning our late customer Allan Williams who Died in a plane crash, without a Next of kin to his $12.9Million in our company Vaults, call me on +27783523315 if you are serious and capable, so we can talk or mail me on my private email:, so that we can chat a way forward.
Michael Cwele
NB: Here’s the link to the story if you wish to confirm:
Tycoon dies with family in Tanzania safari plane crash<>
Alan Williams, 59, his wife Sue, sister-in-law Jill Williams and family friend Debbie Winn died when the five-seat plane crashed on Sunday close to the western Mahale National Park.

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