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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: "Kenneth Robertson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 02:21:09 -0700

I am Kenneth Robertson, the Head of Operations at a reputable bank in South Africa. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I have a business proposal which I believe would be of interest to you. It concerns a deceased client and a huge sum abandoned in my bank without any claims.
A wealthy customer of ours who had Gold and Diamond mining company died leaving behind $58,370,000.00 (Fifty Eight Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand US Dollars) only in a secret account with my bank. The deceased did not indicate any Next of Kin to inherit his funds hence I am contacting you for this opportunity.
The transaction with our deceased customer ended when the bank could not locate the Next of Kin as none was stated when he set up the secret account. The funds are safe in the bank here though the bank is not trying to concert it as UNCLAIMED ACCOUNT since they could not locate the Next of Kin.
My proposal; I am prepared to place you in as the Next of Kin and business partner to the deceased with all the legal documents issued in your name to enable us claim this money and move it out safely to your nominated bank account without breaching any law.
Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share with you as long as you assure me that my share will be safe in your care pending when I will arrive your country. That is: I will simply nominate you as the Next of Kin and obtain all legal documents here to back up the claim. We will share the proceeds 60% for me and 40% for you.
If itís in your interest to proceed with the transaction, please respond with your contact number, full name and address and I will give you more detailed information. This is 100% risk free and all legal documents to make the transaction completely legal will be procured.
I anticipate your cooperation while I also expect you to keep the content of this letter very confidential.
Yours Faithfully,
Kenneth Robertson

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