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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: "Samuel Udo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2019 07:46:25 -0700
Subject: Treat this as Confidential 9/05/19!

From Mr.Samuel UDO,
Account Audits Department,
Lagos Nigeria.
Treat this as Confidential!!
I am Mr.Samuel UDO, A Bank Staff, Executive Director Account Audits Department, after our audits of the year 2018, I discover a Total Sum of USD20.9 Million Dollars in abandoned account by deceased customer (name Withhold) for years, i did not let my bank to know yet because i want to put your name as the next of kin through my lawyer. I want to put your name as the next of kin to the fund and present you to my bank so that you will claim the money out from my bank to a safe oversea bank account which you will provide to receive it,i will invest my share into real estate hotel or factory in your country or you can introduce me to a lucrative movable business that one can have good profits on it in your country. If you are interested in this partnership business get back to me with your interest for more detail. Note that no risk is attached to this as it is 100% risk free and the percentage sharing will b  
In return of this massage by indicating your interest my lawyer will start the process of the transfer immediately. Reply to my private email ( If in case any expenses that come up during the process of the transfer it will be remove first before the sharing of the fund as agreed on the percentage.
Awaiting your response.
Mr.Samuel UDO,
Executive Director.

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