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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: ADMIN <>
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2023 17:27:39 +0200
Subject: Re: Business Request

From: Mr. Zondo Vilakazi
International Logistics & Cargo Security Manager (ILCSM)
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)
O. R. Tambo International Airport
South Africa.

Dear Friend,

Please Note: If you found this email in your junk/spam, it's because of
your Internet ISP server

I am Mr. Zondo Vilakazi, the International Logistics & Cargo Security
Manager, in
O. R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa. During our
investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment through a Diplomat
which was transferred from Maṭār Al-Khurṭūm Al-Duwaliyy (Khartoum
International Airport) to our facility here in Johannesburg, and when
scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes
weighing approximately 110kg each.

The consignment packages were abandoned because the Content was not
properly declared by the consignee as money, rather it was declared as
personal effect/classified document to either avoid diversion by the
Shipping Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. The
Diplomat's inability to pay for Non-Inspection fees among other things
were the reasons why the consignment packages were abandoned.

By my assessment and judging from the accompanied documents, each of the
boxes contains US$6Million, totalling the value of both Consignment
packages to US$6Million. They are still left in my office in the airport
storage facility till today. The Consignments like I said are two metal
trunk boxes weighing about 65kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x
D73 (cm) effective capacity: 680 L). As I did state here-above, the
shipper abandoned it and ran away; most importantly because he gave a
false declaration, he could not pay for the yellow tag, he could not
secure a valid non inspection document(s), etc.

After discussing with my wife, we concluded that this is a huge
opportunity for me to acquire wealth for my family, hence decided to
contact you for business collaboration. I need your
assistance/partnership in getting these funds either shipped via whole
consignment shipment to your address or moved to a bank where funds can
be deposited and transferred via Wire Transfer to your foreign based
account. You can either come in person, or I will engage the services of
a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent that will provide the necessary
security that is required to deliver the package to your doorstep or the
destination of your choice. I need the entire guarantee that I can get
from you before I can get involved in this project. I am ready to share
these funds 50% for you and 50% for me.

If you are interested and willing to partner with me in this profitable
venture, you have to reconfirm to me your full names, your personal
Mobile Line and your full address. Finally, I am giving you the
assurance of a risk free participation in this transaction, as I am here
to cover-up all the safety protocols to guarantee a safe transaction
until funds get to you.

Kindly get back to me urgently.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zondo Vilakazi
International Logistics & Cargo Security Manager (ILCSM)
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)
O. R. Tambo International Airport
South Africa.
Mobile: +27-84-906-9854

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