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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: "Sammy Raybarrier" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:26:26 -0700
Subject: Hello Good Day

Hello Friend,

How are you? This message might meet you in utmost surprise however, it's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me contact you for this transaction, My name is Mr. Sammy Raybarrier, I am a banker by profession and I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as an officer in my Bank; it is my duty to send in a financial report to my Head Office at the end of each business year. In the course of the last six years 2014 business report, I discovered that my branch in which I am rank officer made Six Million Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($6,500.000.00) which my Head Office is not aware of and will never be aware of. I have placed this fund on SUSPENSE ACCOUNT with no beneficiary.

As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, this informed my contacting you. Indeed I will appreciate it if you can receive this money in your bank account and get 30% of the total funds. There are practically no risks involved, it is simple bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as one of our customer who has been banking with us and the depositor of this funds with my branch, so that upon your request for its immediate transfer my head Office will not hesitate to transfer to your designated bank account. I will give you more details once I hear from you declaring your interest to cooperate with me. here is my private email address where you will contact me Email:
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Sammy Raybarrier.

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