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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: "Festus keyamo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:00:06 -0700
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed--

15, Military Street, Onikan, Ikoyi, Lagos.
                                                                    Notification of your inheritance WILL to you by our late deceased.
Compliment of the day firstly. Reply me back immediately for necessary steps concerning your inheritance, Sequel to your non reply of my earlier emails to you on behalf of the Trustees and Executors to the WILL of your deceased as youre the next of kin to him. The Bank has mandated me to provide the next of kin to this fund or the fund will be confiscated or declared unserviceable fund.
I wish to notify you that your Email address appeared in the codicil and last statement of the deceased Engr. Jose and you are entitled to his U$15 Million Dollars. I will advise you about the steps on how to redeem your inheritance funds from the bank. Reply immediately because the bank is waiting for you to show up and claim the funds as they have mandated me to provide the next of kin to the fund.
The deceased has worked with Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited for 23 years as chief engineer he died by cancer of lungs on 5th Feb 2017 by 9:20 AM. Send the following details so that I will proceed with the release of the fund to the account of your choice:
NAME:  _________
SEX: _____
AGE: _____
CONTACT ADDRESS: ________________________
PHONE NO#___________
Yours Faithfully,
Festus keyamo,
keyamo LAW FIRM.

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