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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: "RICHARD NKOSI" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:15:52 -0800
Subject: PAYMENT

82 Adderley Street, Cape Town, South Africa
phone no: +27 61 191 4451
FAX: +27 21 447 4345
I am Mr.Richard Nkosi, the director of the cash processing unit for First National Bank. (FNB) the international monetary fund (I.M.F.) in conjunction with Organization of African Unity (A.U) is compensating all the scam victims with $1.500.000.00USD and your email address was found in the scam victim's, the First National Bank (FNB) and South African Reserve Bank has been mandated by the (I.M.F) to pay your compensation ($1.500, 000.00USD) in cash through means of diplomatic courier service hand delivery.
Take note that Three thousand united states dollars (Usd$3,000) have been mapped out for all expenses in taxes and other documents that matter. Therefore, kindly forward your full name, home address and direct phone number to the below email address
Mr Richard Nkosi
Director cash processing unit
First National Bank. (FNB).
Phone no: +27 61 191 4451

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