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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "into your nominated bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Raisibe Morathi Chief Financial Officer, Nedbank Group Investor Relations" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2022 23:43:54 +0200
Subject: Subject: LETTER OF ASSISTANCE FROM NEDBANK OF SOUTH AFRICA
Nedbank Group Limited - Sandton
135 Rivonia Road, Sandown, 2196, South Africa.
Tel: +27 86 536 8383
Fax: +27 86 536 8383
Attention: Sir/ Madam,
INTRODUCTION OF MYSELF:
My name is Mrs. Raisibe Morathi Chief Financial Officer, Nedbank Group Investor Relations, with Nedbank, here in South Africa.
I and two of my Directors: Dr. Reuel Jethro Khoza & Michael William Thomas Brown have a Business Proposal to discuss with you about a certain bonded account in our Bank. The bonded Account has a balance of USD99.5Million the fund in question was deposited in the year 2005 here in our bank to be used in payment of an American oil merchant for his last deal with our client.
Our client Late Roger Brett Kebble of South Africa and Chairman CEO Land-gold and Exploration/JCI Limited: was assassinated on the September 27, 2005 in his car while driving on his way to a function in Melrose district of Johannesburg South Africa, who has been murdered at the age of 41, was known as "South Africa's JR Ewing". Instead of the Texas oil fields, however, he built his business empire in gold and diamond mines you can read more about all this on below website:
I will need to present you as the beneficiary to be stated in the documents I shall present to the bank where the fund is deposited to re-profile the ownership of the fund with your data to enable them transfer the fund into your nominated bank account. Please reply with your full contact coordinates (your full name and address Phone/fax etc.,) to enable me to contact you for a verbal discussion.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us conclude this transaction, visit South Africa as soon as possible and be my silent partner and receive the fund as the sole beneficiary which I shall secure all legal documentation to authenticate the existence of the fund on your arrival.
Contact the Managing Director Dr. R.J Khoza of Nedbank if you are interested with our Business Proposal to you, please treat this transaction as a confidential matter. I will send you all the details as soon as you indicate your willingness.
Mrs. Raisibe Morathi
Chief Financial Officer
NEDBANK GROUP INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Nedbank Limited Reg No 1951/000009/06, VAT Reg No 4320116074, 135 Rivonia Road,Sandown, Sandton, 2196, South Africa. Directors: Dr RJ Khoza (Chairman) MWT Brown (Chief Executive) TA Boardman TCP Chikane GW Dempster (Chief Operating Officer) MA Enus-Brey Prof B de L Figaji DI Hope** A de VC Knott-Craig WE Lucas-Bull NP Mnxasana RK Morathi (Chief Financial Officer) JK Netshitenzhe JVF Roberts* GT Serobe MI Wyman* (*British) (**New Zealand) Company Secretary: GS Nienaber 06.05.2011, We subscribe to the Code of Banking Practice of The Banking Association South Africa and, for unresolved disputes, support resolution through the Ombudsman for Banking Service.