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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: "Larry" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:37:38 -0700
Subject: Hello

I'm a banker by profession from the Netherlands and currently holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank. I have the opportunity to transfer the left over sum of ($11.5 million) to you, hope i can trust you? The money will be shared between us in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. I want to assure you that this transaction is absolutely legal and risk free since i work in the same bank and i have all the necessary information that might be needed and with my presence in the bank our success is 100% guaranteed. If you agree to my business proposal, kindly response immediately to my Gmail email address for more details:
thanks. Regard

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