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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: "Mrs, Kathleen Casey" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2019 14:53:49 +0100
Subject: Strictly Confidential. Attachment

Dear Friend,

Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret.Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. We have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, as we have been reliably informed of it's swiftness and confidentiality.

Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. I am Mrs Kathleen Casey, a Manager at the Unity Trust Bank Plc. I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence.

A foreigner, Late Captain Steve D. Lawrence ,an oil Merchant /contractor with the federal Government of Benin Republic Cotonou ,until his death five years ago in a ghastly Motor accident, banked with us here at the Unity Trust Bank Plc, and had a closing balance of US$20.5M (Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which the bank now unquestionably expects to be claimed by any of his available foreign next of kin or alternatively be donated to a
discredited trust fund for an orphanage.

Fervent valuable efforts are being made by the Unity Trust Bank Plc to get in touch with any of late Captain Steve D. Lawrence's next of kin (he had no known wife and children) that the management under the influence of our chairman, board of directors, Retired Major General Joe Gabba, that an arrangement for the fund to be declared "UNCLAIMED " and then be subsequently donated to the trust fund for an orphanage.

In order to avert this negative development , myself and some of my trusted colleagues in the bank now seek for your permission to have you stand as late Captain Steve D.Lawrence's next of kin so that the fund,US$20.5M, would be subsequently transferred and paid into your bank account as the beneficiary next of kin. All documents and proves to enable you get this fund have been carefully worked out and we are assuring you a 100% risk free involvement. Your share would be 30% of the total amount. 10% has been set aside for expenses, while the rest would be for me and my colleagues for our involvement and we wish to invest our shares in real estate /oil business in country.Direct your reply to this email;(MRSKATHLEEN2017@GMAIL.COM)

If this proposal is OK by you and you do not wish to take advantage of the trust we hope to bestow on you, then kindly get to me immediately via my e-mail furnishing me with your most confidential data information mentioned below;So that i can forward to you the relevant details of this transaction.

Your Copy of National Identification (International)
Passport/Driver's License Attach Copy)+

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.


Mrs Kathleen Casey (Manager)

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