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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: "Mr. Ulrich Bredemeyer" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 01:33:51 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY

From: Mr. Ulrich Bredemeyer
European Union Finance Director of
Lloyds Banking Group United Kingdom
Good Day,
I have a very important request that made me to contact you.I am Mr. Ulrich Bredemeyer and i found your profile very interesting and decided to reach you directly to solicit your assistance and guidelines in making a business transaction partnership and transfer of a very huge amount to your country within the next few banking days.I presently work as a European Union Finance Director of the Lloyds Banking Group.
But at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this profitable Business Transaction until I get your response by mail.
Please take out a moment of your very busy schedule today to respond back if you are interested so that i can let you know more about this transaction.
I wish for utmost confidentiality in handling this transaction.
I await your urgent reply.
Yours Truly,
Mr. Ulrich Bredemeye

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