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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: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:38:21 -0800
Subject: Next of Kin

Attention: Sir/Madam,

My Name is Mr. Gregory Stevens, Manager, Internal Audit, HSBC BANK. I
am in charge of (Mr. Morris Dinas`s) account who used to work with a
Multi-BILLION oil Firm in RUSSIA, who was our client. On Sept 11,
2001, Mr. Morris Dinas, his wife, and their three children were
involved in the September 11th 2001 bomb attack at the world trade
centre in USA. Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any
of his extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you to
assist in receiving the funds left behind by Mr. Morris Dinas before
funds gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where
this huge deposits were lodged, particularly the HSBC BANK , where the
deceased had an account valued at about (£12.5 Million GBP). The bank
has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account
confiscated within the next 25 official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 8
years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the
deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at £12.5 Million
GBP can be paid into your account and then you and I can share the

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seal this deal
through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law and I
hope the fund arrives your account in latest 15 banking days from the
date of an official presentation of the next kin to the bank.

Respond with your details for us to proceed.

Mr. Gregory Stevens
Manager, Internal Audit

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