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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: "Mr. James B. Hans. (ABSA BANK)." <>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:46:11 -0700


*Address: 120 Aderson Street 2001 *

*Sandton, South Africa.*

*E-mail: <>*

*Tel: +27-82-720-7555.*

*Dear Sir,*

*I am Mr. James B. Hans, requesting for a reliable and trusted partnership
for a highly important and lucrative investment, I came across your contact
as a reliable partner for this venture. I, Mr. James B. Hans, in-charge of
Credit and Foreign Bills of my Bank, AMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA

*I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank whose name is
Mrs. Monika Bartsch a citizen of Germany who perished in a plane crash
[Concorde Air Flight AF4590] with the whole passengers aboard on 31 July
2000. And for your perusal you can view this web site:
<> *

*Since the demise of this our customer, I personally has watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his funds of US$35M (Thirty Five Million United States
Dollars Only) which has been with my branch for a very long time. On this
note, I decided to seek for your investment idea and to share this
opportunity with you as the Next of Kin as no one has come up to be the
next of kin. Because the money will be recalled to the bank treasury as
unclaimed fund after these periods of years as unclaimed.*

*In view of this, I got your contact through a trade journal and my
colleagues and I have agreed to give you 40% of the total sum if you can
handle this transaction in ultimate sincerity and secrecy. Upon the receipt
of your response, I will send e-mail to you on how we need your assistance
to move the money out of South Africa. I will not fail to bring to your
notice that this business is 100% risk free and that you should not
entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized
smoothly in your country bank account or any country of your choice for our
mutual benefit.*

*Treat this business with utmost confidentiality and send me the Following:

* (1) FULL NAMES: *



*I look forward to your earliest response. *

*Yours truly,*

*Mr. James B. Hans.*

* <>*

*Tel: +27-82-720-7555.*

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