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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: info info <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 10:40:51 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam,

My Name is Mr. DONALD HALL; I was appointed as the Head Of International Corporate Banking (ICB) Department, First National Bank, South Africa

As the Head of International Corporate Banking, I was mandated to compile all Credit Accounts that are in existence which is now under my department's supervision.

Through my compilation of Accounts, I discovered a Credit Account with deposited funds amounting to Us$58 611 282.40 Million Dollars

On further trace, I came across the file and found out that the Account has be inactive since 2001. And the true owner of this funds/Account was Engineer Christian Eich, a German who Ran carmaker BMW's museum.He unfortunately lost his life, including his wife and two children in the plane crash (Flight AF4590) which crashed on July 25th 2000 killing all 113 people on board. Details about The Plane Crash Visit the Web Site Below:

I was given only 31-days to compile all the account in this Bank and then submit to the Board of Directors for proper updating and if I report to them about this Inactive action of Late Mr. Christian Eich, they will recommend that the fund should be sent to the Treasury of the South African government and I do not want this to happened so I have chosen to seek your consent to work with me as a team and pull out this fund under the legitimacy as the heir apparent of Late Engineer Christian Eich.

Contact me immediately about the Details and modalities of this project/transaction with my email :

As soon as this is done; I will proceed with the necessary formalities . All Correspondences to

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Donald Hall

Head of International Corporate Banking

First National Bank

South Africa

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