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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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Fraud email example:

From: Betty Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 06:36:58 -0700
Subject: Attention My Dear

Attention My Dear

I am sorry for contacting you through this medium without a previous
notice. My name is Barrister K.C MATTHEW personal attorney to Engr.
Kevin Dennis , who is a national of your country and contractor now
deceased. My client lost his life alongside his wife and only child
on the Sunday, 18 September, 2001.Details of this incidence can be
checked on website;,,553732,00.html#article_continue

Prior to the Death of my Late Client, He secured a contract of
£12,500,000.00 million from the BRITISH GOVERNMENT,following which he
received a 30% mobilization fee of £3,750,000.00 Million and
successfully executed the contract, but the balance of £8,750,000.00
Million contract payment was in the Process of being transferred into
My Late Client's Account which he submitted to BRITISH GOVERNMENT
before he lost his life in the incidence.

Three Months after his sudden Death, The Government effected the
transfer of the balance of his Contract Funds into the Account that My
Late Client has on his file with the Government. As his personal
Attorney before his death, I have been officially notified and
instructed by the bank where the money is currently deposited that I
should provide and forward the particulars of my late clients next of
kin so that the Funds in his Account can be remitted into his Next of
Kin's Account in accordance with LEGAL LAWS .

However, as the personal attorney and close confidant of this late
man,I want you to know that My late Client died interstate,i.e,He died
without leaving Will.Hence,all my efforts to locate any of his
relative whom I can present to the Bank as his next of kin has proved

Therefore I am seeking for your consent to present you as the deceased
relative/next of kin,and subsequently the beneficiary of the fund so
that the proceed of this account valued at £8,750,000.00 Million can
be paid to you for subsequent disbursement between you and I. If you
can cooperate with me and receive these funds as next of kin to this
late man, confirm your interest by contacting me through my
confidential email below.

I can assure you that the deal is 100% risk free because I am in
possession of the Deceased personal file which contains all
information which I shall use to prove your relationship with the
deceased therefore the money will be paid into the account of
whomever I present as this late mans next of kin with proofs that I
will present to the bank when needed. When I receive a positive
response and after proper discussion with you, I will furnish you all
relevant information that will facilitate the release of the Funds to
you An Application will have to be filed to the Bank for processing
of the release of the Funds into your nominated Bank account any
where in the world.Please even if (Mr Kevin Dennis )is not related to
you instead of this wealth being seized by this wicked and corrupt
government please assist me hence you bear the same last name with my
late client.

Send to me your private phone and fax numbers for easy communication

I wait to hear from you.


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