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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: "Christopher. Loewald" <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 21:35:06 +0200

Attention SIR/MADAM.

Good day to you.

However, don’t be surprised to receive this email from me hence i do
not know you in Person, but my spirit directs me to solicit for your
kind corporation to this deal hence i contacted you.

Subsequently, note that i got your email contacts during my search on
the south African Journal Online record list file, and decided to ask
for your corporation after going through your managerial and
administrative ideologies which really got my attention, from all
indications you are very sincere person. However, my Name is Dr. C.
Loewald, working currently with the South African Reserve Bank as Head
Economic Research fund Payment System Department, am here to contact
you, and also to ask, if I can do this deal with you.

However, I contact you to know if you can be trusted person to me, you
can see what is going on now in our country South African, this CORONA
VIRUS issue, is bringing our Economy down, and am in position to do a
deal with you if you can be good to me, just to tell you, there is one
Dormant account here, confirmed amount of fund worth R50 Million.
(Fifty Million Rand ) which am in position to move the money to any
account, but I think if I move it to my own account, I believe Board
Executive Management will find out, so to avoid that, I like to do
this deal with you, I only need your banking details , and your full
names and address, copy of your ID/ Passport and your cell phone
number for easy communication for this transaction record.

So please I don’t want you to betray me, once I move the fund into any
account of yours, because I really want to trust you on this deal, as
you know this fund will help me and you on this difficult time, also
on future, and about % I will like us to share the money 50%50 so
please if you accept my offer get back to me with information needed
to enable me proceed the transfer now, and I promise you, never be
worried or think Otherwise, because am the Head Economic Research fund
Payment System Department Director. Which I have the power to wipe the
transaction out of the system once I done the transfer to any bank
account provide by you, so this is risky free transaction.

I will wait to hear from you.

Please this is my privet E_mail address:

Dr. Christopher. Loewald,


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