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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: "john" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 11:29:00 +0200

Dear Friend
I am Abraham John, working with Deposit and valuable keeping firm  in Europe.
Our company is assisting some of the African leaders and politicians to move out  fund and valuables from their countries, through our special diplomatic arrangements .

Some of these deposits presently in our custody which where not claimed as a results of death and the owners  inability to find partners who will assist them to claim the deposit has benn sent to suspense ware house  for  consfiscation.
Presently there are unclaimed ones about to send to suspense ware house, but I have perfected every arrangements to claim one the deposits containing (8.5million dollars )if i have a reliable person to assist me.

If you are interested in the matter, you let know through this email address ( ) for more details and how to proceed.

Abraham John

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