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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: Nicholaas Tiedt <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2022 02:36:24 -0700
Subject: Dr. Nicholaas Tiedt

*Dear Sir,*

*My name is Dr. Nicholaas Tiedt, I am a Partner to late Prof. Gita
Ramjee. Who Passed on in 2020 due to the COVID-19 here in South
en/africa/top-south-african- scientist-dies-from-covid-19/ 1788677 *

*I am contacting you because Late Gita Ramjee Deposited The sum $10.5m
of money granted to her by the government of South Africa. If you can
help pro**vide an account where we can transfer the said fund.** Contact
me Email.*

*Best Regards,Dr. Nicholaas Tiedt*

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