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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:32:17 +0200
Subject: Attention: Dearest Partner

Attention: Dearest Partner

I am Barrister Fidelis Okafor.I have very serious information for you concerning the death of my client ,
who was a relative and a national of your country that bear the same last name with you,
and used to work as a contractor in Nigeria,my client, was involved in a plane crash.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$16.4 million left behind by my client in the bank,

Please contact me through my private email ( ) for more comprehensive details of this transaction. Call me as soon as you receive this massage.

Best Regards,

Barrister Fidelis Okafor.

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