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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: "Greg Stewart" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:40:54 -0700

Your Kind Attention:
This is to inform you that your inheritance payment of (US$20,500.000.00) Million Dollars that was placed on hold
has been approved for release today after a long time investigations by the house of the Lords Committee on money
Laundry & Terrorism. Your total valid fund is now free to be transferred to you through a swift Bank to Bank wire
transfer into your nominated account this is to avoid any form of delay in the transfer.
Contact African Development Bank Group Benin with your payment details for the immediate transfer.
Foreign Operation Manager: Mr. Allen Jacob
Email:( )
Telephone: +22996906888
Have it in mind that your information is highly protected by this great Bank.
We look forward to serving you with the best of our service.
Yours in Service,
Mr. Greg Stewart.
Payment Coordinator

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