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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: "Barr. Edward Clinton" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:49:34 -0700
Subject: Contact Mr. Edward Clinton

On,Saturday, 1st Septembert 2018
Address: No 127, Airport Road Ikeja,Lagos State
Your Attention
Please This is very serious and urgent message, From Barrister, Edward Clinton , Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria,International Corporate & Business Law Firm.
I have a  client  Citizen of your country,who work with  Nigeria Government Oil export, who died in  heart attack, and He left a Sum Amount of(USD$25,000,000,00)
Twenty-Five Million United State Dollars in a Foreign Account under my Law Firm,he bears the same surname with you.
Please i will like to ask for your assistance to resolve and transfer this total sum amount deposited by my client.
Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?.... (2.)  Can I trust you to the end
of this transaction so that both of us will share as we agreed on 60%
/40% ?......
If you think you are capable to handle this project urgently get back to me with your full contact address information's. But if you are not
interested do not bother to respond. Please treat this information as confidential.
Thanks Best Regards,
Barr. Edward Clinton

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