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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: Floyd Havila <>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 03:07:24 +0500
Subject: Fixed Deposit Details

I am Floyd Havila the manager of a finance Company. In July 2010, one
of my customer by the name of MR. SATOSHI SAKURA from Japan who was an
Oil and Gas Merchants, made a numbered time fixed Deposit, valued at
$10,000,000.00 (Ten million United State Dollars) for twelve (12)
calendar months in our Finance Company.

For the past years , we have been trying to reach him because the
account have been dormant . All effort to reach him failed. I just
find out that he died with his entire family is Japan Tsunami disaster
of 11th of March 2011.

All i want from you is your trust to act as next of kin to claim the
$10,000,000.00 (Ten million United State Dollars) because his next of
kin died along with him during Japan Tsunami disaster of 11th of March
2011. Email me if you think we can work as a partner so that I will
give you all the information you need to claim the fund. you can reach
me on my email address below ;

Hear from you soon,

Floyd Havila

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