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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: Buthelezi Willers <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:12:18 +0200

Attention: Sir/ Madam.

Good day, hope my email finds you in good faith. I sort your information
from the South African Citizen record list file. I am with this business
deal of interest. I am Dr. Buthelezi Willers from South African Reserve
Bank, Head Economic Research fund Payment System Department.

I am contacting you to know if you can be trusted and interested in this
deal, looking at the present situation in our country, South Africa, this
COVID-19, which has driven our economy to recession/depression. I am in a
position for the deal of this lucrative amount of R40, 000 000.00 (Forty
Million Rand) if we can simply reach a consensus. To be open to you, there
is a dormant account of the former president of Nigeria in the name of Gen.
Sani Abacha, which I am in position to shift the funds to another account.
But I cannot shift the funds directly to my account because the Board
Executive Management will find out, to avoid that suspicion I need an
outsider that I can send these funds to his/her account.

For us to execute this deal, I will only be needing your banking details,
your full names, address, a copy of your ID/ Passport and your direct cell
number for easy communication and for record. I will need to gain your
trust and you should not betray me by being greedy once this is successful.
These funds will help us and with me this is 100% risk free since this
account has not been active since the year 1996.

For the terms/percentage you will take 50% and I will take 50% you need to
get back to me with the above information once you accept my offer. You
don’t need to worry or think order wise because I am the Head Economic Research
fund Payment System Department Director.

I have the authority to erase any trace/everything out of the system as
soon as I am done with the transfer to whatever account provided by you,
and once more this is a 100% risk free transaction.

I will wait to hear from you.

This is my private E-mail address where you can contact me for detail about
this deal only: (* <>*

Best Regards.

Dr. Buthelezi Willers.


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