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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. Kuben Naidoo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 12:15:59 +0100

I write in respect of the fund with reference number: WDRC/L-F/UK/0407/19 brought to Reserve bank from World Debt Remittance Committee, London, United Kingdom in your name.
>From the information contained in the file that accompanied the fund, the fund was supposed to be paid to you by World Debt Remittance Committee, UK before now, but all their efforts to contact you proved abortive.
The fund is equivalent to R126,000,000.00. Are you aware of the fund?
I await your urgent response, so that we can commence your fund transfer/release process.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours Sincerely.
Mr. Kuben Naidoo.
Deputy Governor, South African Reserve bank.


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