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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: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 05:49:00 +0200
Subject: ATTENTION!!!


It is with trust and sincerity that I approach you for assistance to
transfer some funds into your bank account. Please accept my apology
if my mail infringes on your personal ethics. My name is Barrister
Barry Hunters A Private Lawyer based here in Johannesburg,South
Africa. Honestly it will be my humble pleasure if we can work
together. I would like you to act as the next of kin to my deceased
client, a citizen of your country, who made a deposit of $7.5 Million
only with a Bank here in Johannesburg a few years back. He died in a
crash with his immediate family without any registered next of kin and
as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate with a Bank,

This means that any person from your country can act as the next of
kin of the deceased person for claiming the inheritance funds without
any risk involved. More so, I have received an official letter from
the Bank suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of the Fund
in line with existing laws by the Bank in which my client deposited
the sum of $7.5 Million Dollars . According to the Government Law as
provided in section 129 sub 63(N), South African Banking Edit of 1961
at the expiration of 19 years the fund will revert to the ownership of
the South African Government, if nobody applies to claim the fund.

My proposition to you is to present you to the Bank as the Next of kin
and Beneficiary of my deceased client so that the Bank will pay this
$7.5 Million to you so that we can share the amount on a mutually
agreed percentage of 50% for me 50% for you. All legal Documents to
back up your claim as the deceased Next of Kin will be provided by
me.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us to see this
transaction through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under
a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law. If you are interested, Please do let me know immediately so that
I can give you comprehensive details on how to Private


Barrister Barry Hunters

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