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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: Sun, 5 Nov 2023 08:21:26 +0000

TELL: +27-785-937-074
FAX: 27-86-577-6542


Attn: Good Partner

I am Mr. Fredrick Owen Stevenson, the bank branch manager of NedBank limited South Africa. I am making this contact with you based on the need for an individual/company who is willing to assist me with a solution to a money transfer.

First and foremost, I apologized for using this media to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.

There is an account opened in this bank in the year 2000 and till 2023 nobody has operated on this account again after going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing.This deposit was for 10-20 years and upon maturity I made effort to contact my client, l could not reach him. I was forced to travel to Germany and there I got the tragic news that, my client Mr. Andreas Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Andrea Eich, his son in law Christian, and their children Maximilian and Katharina, all perished on the Monday, 31 July, 2000 plane crash in western German city of Moenchengladbach. No other person knows this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that his company does not know anything about this account and the money involved is USD$20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million United State Dollars Only).
View the web site bellow for more information on our late client.

I am seeking your assistance as a foreigner, since as civil servant I am not allowed to operate foreign accounts.Should you be willing to assist in this transaction your share as compensation will be (50%), while I will receive (50%).

The business is completely safe and secure, provided you treat it with utmost confidentiality. It does not matter also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. And this is 100% risk free.Kindly notify me by sending your secured contact details information:Full names,Address,Occupation,Age and your direct telephone number for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal through my private email address above. You are free to ask me any question you wish to ask about this transaction.

Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.

Mr.Fredrick Owen Stevenson

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