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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: frank khumalo <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 14:23:07 +0000
Subject: RE: Privileged and Confidential:

Here I brought a potential Business Proposal at your door step for

I have a client that is interested in investing in your Country and would
like to engage you and your company on this project. The Investment Amount
is valued at US$250 million.

If you are interested, kindly include your direct telephone numbers for
full discussion of this offer when responding to this email. Kindly use
this email to reply >>>


Barrister Ashong Benjamin Esq.


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