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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: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:10:48 +0200

Good day,
My name is Prof.Harry George ,I am a retired lawyer, I am searching for any family member of my late client Mr. Susumu who has the same family surname with you, his bank contacted me because they want to pay his funds $50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million United States Dollars) to his family.

There is no contact information of any of his relatives in his record with the bank, this is why I am contacting you to know if you are his relative.

Sincerely Yours,

Prof. Harry George (RETIRED)
52 Denedin House, Manwood
street,Noth Woolwich,London E162LB
United Kingdom.
TELL: +448715049889

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