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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: "Mrs Elizabeth J" <>
Date: Mon, 08 May 2023 03:29:56 +0700
Subject: Information

Private Transaction
I am Elizabeth Johnsen, Special Duty Assistance under the Presidency Depar=
tment of Minerals and Energy Republic of South Africa. =

Please read carefully the reasons for contacting you.

To be my silent partner and receive the funds as the sole benefactor to th=
is contract amount which all legal documentation is secured, authenticated =
and in place. For your assistance in this project, you will be entitled to =
35% of the principal amount.
This money came from an over-invoiced contract for the sale of South Afric=
a's crude 10 million barrels of crude oil from its strategic reserves in th=
e year 2016. It is the under/over Valued invoice of US$33M in Numbered Time=
Deposit under Non-Disclosure Banking Act. I want to move to your facility.

I assure you that the transfer process is entirely without any risk to you.=
I am anticipating a response for details/Modality and you are free to ask =
any question.
Yours faithfully,
Elizabeth Johnsen

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