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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: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:13:03 +0200

Hello and Good day,
I am an investment banker in one of the UK leading banks. I am writing to solicit your support in moving the sum of £15.5 Million GBP, which was deposited by one of the victims of the Grenfell Fire which occurred sometime in June, 2017. The British Government has just lifted ban on relatives coming forward to claim as Next of Kin to the deceased. Hence, my reason for this letter, to ask for your support in moving this money out of the UK through a UK courier company.

I will get together all necessary documentation and will also influence the release of the fund to your desired location. All that I need from you are : Your full name, physical address, telephone contact and a valid means of identification. Please note that this process will not take more than 14 banking days to complete.

Now, for your support, the sharing ratio shall be 60/40. The 60% for me, and the 40% for your help in moving the funds.
Do contact me with this email address , should you be willing to help in moving the funds.
Thank you.

Graham Bestman

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