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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: " Dear :" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:10:59 -0800
Subject: Dear :

Dear :

In our office was a present of One Mr. John T. Kehoe of 122 Fitch Way,
Sacramento, CA.USA 95864 filing application contrary to your pending
fund transfer. The above mentioned man visited this office with a
power of attorney
given in his favor by your good self, granting him the benefit to
process and claim your inheritance of $5,000,000.00(Five Million
United States Dollars Only) for personal reasons. He further Stated
that the online account be Terminated while the fund should be wired
to his

Bank account with Bank Of America,
Account Number # 12908576457
Routing Number# 121000358.

Our office have ask Mr. John T. Kehoe return back to the Bank within
48hours to enable us have a personal confirmation from you being
hitherto the beneficiary since we must adhere to the modus operandi of
this honorable bank by making sure this request is verified and
confirmed by the beneficiary and his existing attorney.

Note: If you did not authorized the name person to claim your fund,
kindly indicate with your complete details as stated below:

Your full names:
Your Address:
Your Phone number:
A copy of your identification, either drivers license or international passport
Your complete bank details.

Send your reply to this email:

Mrs Katherine Owen.

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