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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: Phil Ducas <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:19:12 +0000


I am a former Branch Manager in Charge of Safes Vaults Security in one of the leading Financial Services Providers here in South Africa, I have important matter to present to you concerning our late customer Allan Williams who Died in a plane crash and interstate, meaning he died without a Next of kin to claim/inherit his £22.9 Million GBP deposited with us, he was involved in diamond mining business here in South Africa. He passed on with members of his family, as such he left no one behind as a next of kin. I want you to stand as the next of kin to the fund. I have all the tools and logistics to process and transfer the fund in your name. This transaction is 100% risk free. I have to propose that should you be willing to assist me in this transaction your share as compensation will be (40%),(55%) will be for me and the balance of (5%) will be to settle any form of logistics that might arise during the cause of this transaction.

Call me on my direct number if you are serious and capable of executing this deal/transaction, so we can talk or mail me on my private email:, so that we can chat a way forward.

Phil Ducas

NB: Below is the link to the story if you wish to confirm: It is a news link not a harmful site please.
Four Britons feared dead in safari air crash | UK news | The Guardian<>
A multimillionaire British businessman and his family are missing, presumed dead, after their plane crashed during a safari in Tanzania. Alan Williams, his wife Sue, sister-in-law Jill Williams ...

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