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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: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:59:20 +0200
Subject: Unclaimed Inheritance That Belongs To You

Solicitors & Advocates
Notary Public Defender & Legal Aid Commission
Regional Office: Suite 1197, Sanlam Center
Sentirium Kent Avenue, Randburg, Johannesburg South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 736 615 983
+27 (0) 110-465-598

Good day Sir/Madam,

I am happy to inform you that you share the same surname with my late
client, a mining engineer. According to the information I got from the
home affairs web you are his next of kin. I have been trying to locate
you since. Please, your swift response will be highly appreciated. At
last I can transfer his funds to you as his next of kin according to his
instructions before his death in a motor accident. Please trust this is
a 100% risk free transaction and do not entertain any fear. I am a
Lawyer. I will handle everything.

100% trust, This email address belongs to you, I found it on the same
file of my late client to confirm if it's yours.

Please reply to my personal email address

Yours Sincerely,
Barrister Desmond D.Abbott.
Legal Consultant.

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