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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: info info <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 23:01:54 +0200
Subject: URGENT

Dear Sir/Madam,
Top of the day to you, I am Mr.Mike Walker, an accountant with First
National bank here in South Africa. I am contacting you because you
Share the same last Name with my client a United States citizen who
died of covid19 with his wife and his two Sons last year March (2020).
Considering the fact that you share the same surname as my client, I
want to present you as the next of Kin /Beneficiary. As of today my
client's cash investment with the Bank Stands at US$17,960,000.00
(Seventeen Million Nine Hundred and Sixty Thousand United States

Thank you and looking forward to your positive response have a great day.

Kind Regards,
Mike Walker.
Mobile: +27-78-966-4105.

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