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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: Andrew Henderson <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:50:31 -0700
Subject: Partnership Proposal


Please note that the use of this medium of such matter is for
confidentiality purposes

I am Mr. Andrew Henderson, The Private Accountant and Auditor of the
reputable Bank in my Country. Your reputation/ profile motivated me to
contact you for a possible partnership in commissionable benefits.

I need your service/assistance in a confidential matter regarding the
transfer of the sum amount of money worth Forty Million United States
Dollars (USD$40M-USD).

An investor and a former contractor with the Kruger diamond mines died
due to COVID-19 related without naming the legal next of kin to his
fund in my bank. The amount is Forty Million United State Dollars
($40M-USD) and banking regulation legislation in my country demand
that I notify the fiscal authorities after 12 calendar months.

Further details will be given upon your response or reply indicating
your interest. Below is my personal contact detail for our further
oral communication. Also furnish with me your private telephone
numbers and alternative private email address if any, for confidential

Send your reply to my private email address
( with your full names, contact details,
and contact address, if interested and able to assist/render the
services required.


Mr. Andrew Henderson
Phone: +27810065603.

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