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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:

Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:41:39 -0800
Subject: Re: Attention: Beneficiary, We are waiting to hear from you fast today.

Hello, Online Beneficiary,

Mr. Conrad Powell U.S.A of California is ready to pay the fees and the
Bank has been ordered to release your unpaid fund to you as you send
Mr. Conrad Powell U.S.A of California to receive your fund on your
behalf. We hereby send to you this information submitted by Mr. Conrad
Powell U.S.A of California that he should receive the online account
on your behalf.

Please as a matter of urgency, you are required to verify the
following information and inform us if you are aware, or know anything
about this development. When are you going to send the fees this week?

Mr. Conrad Powell, claiming that you instructed him to receive the
payment on your behalf. Firstly. Did you instruct Mr. Conrad Powell of
122 Fitch Way, Sacramento, Ca? 95864. whose information is below, to
claim and receive the fund on your behalf? Finally, you are hereby
advised to contact immediately, via if you are the person that
instructed Mr. Conrad Powell to claim your fund.

The money is needed to keep the account operational and working
perfectly. I have told you that the money still remains your money
into your online account. You will see your money there in your online
account nobody will touch it. We are still waiting to receive the
payment details fast. I shall be expecting your swift response as soon
as you receive this email. The money is needed to keep the account
operational and working perfectly. The money you pay still remain your
money into your online account ok.

Respond immediately today. Thank You for your maximum cooperation

Best Regards

Yao Lee
Transaction Oversea

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