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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:

Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2022 08:56:46 +0100

Chartered Management Accountant
Global Professional Management Accounting Body
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
2nd Floor, 115 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg,
2196 Gauteng, South Africa.

Attention: SIR/MA,

My name is HENRY JACOB, Chief Executive Auditor: A Chartered Management
Accountant and an External Auditor for financial institutes in Amalgamated
Bank of South Africa {ABSA} and First National Bank of South Africa {FNB}.I
currently work with a team of external auditors who were retained after the
outbreak of covid-19 pandemic to audit financial activities in the United
Kingdom and Republic of South Africa.

I may have to trouble your sense of personal achievement and reward for an
opportunity properly taken advantage of. In the course of a routine audit
of our books last quarter, I discovered some investment accounts that have
been dormant for many years now. Most of the accounts belong to an
American. A single beneficiary by name (MR ARTHUR GENE BILLINGS) was among
the death victims in the FEBRUARY 27TH 2010 Earthquake disaster in CHILE
that killed over 5,000 people. He was in Chile on a business trip and that
was how he met his end.

I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign
account and foreign beneficiary. I need your full cooperation to make this
work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any
foreigner, who has correct information of the account, which I will give to
you later. I will only disclose those information if you are able and have
the capability to handle such an amount in strict confidence and trust
according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefits.

We contacted you because you are a foreigner bears the same last name and
will stand as a next of kin to the deceased expatriate investor/depositor
who died as a result of the disaster and therefore we can present you as
the beneficiary to the inheritance since there is no written will from our
late investor. Our services aim to provide you with a complete service as
we are prepared to provide you with all the documents required by the
holding Bank to enable them to release these inheritance funds to you. We
can secure the funds in this bank account for ourselves instead of allowing
it to be transmitted as “unclaimed funds” into the Treasury of the
Government of the countries.

All the papers required will be processed in your acceptance of this deal
before the successful completion of the transfer of this funds into your
nominated bank account, the total fund shall be divided 35%-60% between you
and myself while 5% should be used as incurring expenses or given to any
Orphanage Home/Hospitals/clinics to support the sick, but since I am still
serving as a public officer, you shall inject my own share into the
profitable investment there in your country for which shall be built for my
retirement. This transaction is RISK FREE and you have nothing to lose
since I am an insider in the bank.

We request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptance via
Email: {}


Your prompt response is highly imperative.

Best Regards,

MR HENRY JAACOB Tel No: WhatsApp preferably +27823026473.

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