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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: "Dr.Beal" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:14:57 -0400
Subject: One Unread Mail


I know that you will be very shocked and surprised seeing such kind of message that I want to share with you and i will like all that i will share with you to be between you and I only and no third party so that this deal will not be jeopardized

When I supervised the warehouse Last month i discovered a trunk box valued at £14.8 Million Great British Pounds and this trunk have been there for four(6) years as documented in my file and no one has came for the claim up till date. I investigated and found out it belongs to Late Mr. Guma A and he is Florida Multi-Millionaire who mysteriously vanished on his yacht.

With the research i got from the internet His wife, Jaime, and mother, Ellen have been fighting for more than two years to control of Aguiar's $100million fortune.

Get back to me for more details.

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