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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: " Lim kaan" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 23:31:01 +0300

Good day,

I am Mr.Lim kaan, a Banker and credit system programmer here in our bank, through the bank DTC Screen in my office which I decided to use this very chance to know you.
May I request your consent to present you as Next of Kin to our deceased Customer, an Oil Merchant / Contractor , whose Contract sum value of US$ 25.5 Million has Matured and awaiting administrative order for remittance .
I will use my office to place you as the next of Kin to the deceased Customer late Erick Singh ,and we shall share the Fund 50/50%. There is no risk involve we shall execute the deal legally without any problem.

Do get back to me with the following to enable us proceed, also I shall give you more details once I have your details.
1) Your Full Name...............:(2) Residential............ Address:............(3) Phone and Mobile number.................. .[4] Age............../ Occupation................

Awaiting your Response

Have a pleasant day.

Mr. Lim Kaan

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