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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:

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 15:19:15 +0200

I am Mr. Philip Gambah, a lawyer by profession in South Africa ,I have
a mutual business proposal for you and me . I have a client who died
of Covid. My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you
as the Next of kin to my deceased client and beneficiary so that the
proceeds of this account valued at US$5.5million can be paid into your
account, so we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage of
50% for me 50% for you.

All legal documents to back up your claim as the deceased Next of Kin
will be provided by me if interested Kindly respond with your Name,
Private Phone Number, Nationality & Age
Please kindly respond via these optioned emails-:

Best Regards.
Mr. Philip Gambah
Tel/Watsap:+27 73 476 9579

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