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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: "Harris B, Aish" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 09:15:56 -0700

Dear Friend, I seek your attention and apologize beforehand for the unsolicited nature of my letter but it was borne out of desperation and current development, Please bear with me, my name is Harris B. Aish a legal practitioner and the personal Attorney to late Mr. Albert and Maree Rizk who died on the Malaysia MH17 Airlines which crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 with other 281 passengers on board (May their soul rest in peace). I have made several inquiries to their embassy to locate any of my client relatives, but this has proved unsuccessful. You can confirm this from the website below which was published by BBC. I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, the deceased had an account valued at about $16 Million Dollars, The bank has issued me a notice that in the event that no next of kin comes up for the claim, the account will be confiscated if not claimed and we have just about a few months. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account US$16 Million Dollars can be paid into your nominated bank account and then you and I can share the money. 60% shall be for me, 35% for you and 5% shall be map out for expenses that may be made within the course of the transaction. I have all necessary legal documents that would be required to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us to see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please send your phone number for further discussion. I look forward to your urgent response. Best regards, Atty. Harris B. Aish

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