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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 20:09:47 +0200
Subject: Hello!!

I found your profile , and I believe we can do business together.
I have a good business proposal to discuss with you.
I am the assistant director in a private bank in Africa.
I found a secret abandoned account of money (US $3 million ) inside this bank
This money belong to a foreign investor who was died unfortunately since 2012.
As there is nobody to claim this money , the bank want to confiscate this money illegally.
I do not want the bank to confiscate this money , for this reason , I would like to cooperate with you , so that the bank can transfer this money into your bank account.
And as soon as the bank transfers this money ( US $3million ) into your account,
we share this money 50 % for you , and 50% for me.
I guarantee you , that this business is 100% without risk , and can never bring any problem for you or for me.
If you are interested, answer me and I will give you more details so you can contact the bank for the transaction process.
very urgent contact me on my personal email: ( )
Regards ,
Sena Lizon

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