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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: "Mr. Jonathan Mathe" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2022 16:15:53 -0700
Subject: my subject

Good Day.

I know this email might come to you as a surprise, coming from one you haven’t met with before.

I am Jonathan Mathe, a top banker with STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA and a personal banker to one Dr. Mohamed Farouk Ibrahim an Egyptian/South African citizen who happened to be a Food supply contractor attached to the former Afghanistan government before they were overthrown by the Taliban government.

Dr. Mohamed Farouk Ibrahim did have a deposit of huge sum with our bank but passed away with all his family on the 16th of May 2017 while trying to escape from Kandahar Afghanistan.

The said sum can be used for an investment if you are interested, all details relating to the funds are in my position, I will present you as his Next-of-Kin because there is none, and will furnish you with more details upon your response.

Mr. Jonathan Mathe.
South Africa.

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