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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: hamann <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 11:44:17 +0200





My name is *Dr.* *Alfred Ram*; I am a senior government official in the
department of works and housing of the Republic of South Africa and the
chairman of the board in charge of the award, execution and supervision of
all contracts in the Ministry of works and Housing. In 2011, I personally
monitored and supervised the award of contracts for the supply of building
materials and construction of ultra modern shopping complexes and medium /
low cost housing units in the Eastern Cape, North and Eastern areas of the
Natal province.

Myself and two of my colleagues, serving in the board, deliberately
inflated and over invoiced the contract sum, leaving an excess of
US$80,500,000.00 (Eighty million five hundred thousand United States
dollars). At the completion of the contract, the real contract sum was paid
to the original contractors, leaving the excess, which we reported to the
federal Government that it belonged to the sub-contractor that handled part
of the original contract. But the company we submitted as the beneficiary
was a non-existing foreign company, which was a purported attempt by us to
divert the money for our private use.

I do not intend to mince words with you, I have to tell you the truth; this
is a deal but it is 100% risk-free and genuine because the contract has
been perfectly and genuinely executed and completed. It depends on whether
you are interested or not.

Right now this amount is due for payment and is floating in the treasury
not attached to anyone/company. We are only three people who know the
origin of this fund. But we cannot claim it by ourselves because we are
civil servants therefore we are looking for a trustworthy foreign company /
individual whose name we can use to claim the money.

This is strictly a business deal, but it is 100% risk-free and secure
because we will use our official positions to source all the necessary
approvals to reflect that you and your Company genuinely executed and
completed the contract. All necessary arrangements have been put in place
in all the relevant departments for immediate approval of this payment.

For your co-operation, we have agreed to offer you 30 % of the entire
amount on conclusion of the transaction while 70% will be for us. Please if
you are interested in this proposal, I want you to respond immediately for
further information and directives.

Contact email address: * *

This transaction is expected to be completed within 14 working days and is
highly confidential and discreet.

Thank you for your co-operation. Your urgent reply is awaited.

Best Regards,

*Dr.* *Alfred Ram*

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