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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: Dominic Alexander <>
Date: 17 Aug 2020 06:29:40 -0700
Subject: Your attention needed urgently

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Dominic Alexander, I was an attorney to a deceased client
of mine, who died of a heart attack in 2018, but before his
demise, he had a deposit of (US$6,500,000.00) Six Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars with a security vault here
as a family treasure which I'm aware of as his lawyer.

I want us to claim this treasure from the company by positioning
you as his next of kin with all legal documents required to back
up your claim from the security vault since you have a name march
with him. The security vault has issued me a notice to contact
the next of kin for claim but it's unfortunate that every efforts
to locate any of his relative was unsuccessful.

Would you be interested to cooperate with me in this venture, do
send me an email for a complete explanation to succeed this deal
knowing that it's private and confidential.

Thank you,

Mr Dominic Alexander

(Attorney at Law).

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