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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: Simon Martin <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 18:26:19 -0800
Subject: I am contacting you In reference to my client. Kindly get back.

I am contacting you in respect of his deposited fund valued at the sum
of $6,200,000.00 in our bank,I need you to stand as his heir and inherit
the funds.The Bank has threatened to seize his account if an heir is not
directly specified,so i am therefore contacting you to stand as his
heir, so that his deposited funds can be released and transferred to
you. After the success of this transaction, we would share the total
funds 50%/50% each, reply to my private email for more details if you
are interested ( )

Best Regards

Mr. Simon

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