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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: "Mr. Rahul Gandhi" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 22:56:55 +0200
Subject: Dear Valued Customer,

Dear Valued Customer,

How are you today? You will be surprise as i am writing this letter to you
because you might not know me but i am a senior Banker here in London. I
came across your file here in the Bank after been transferred from our head
office to replace the foreign operation director in our regional office who
is now on retirement After going through your file, i find out that you
have an outstanding payment here in the Bank to the sum of Ten Million,
five hundred thousand United States Dollars with an accrued interest
agreement of 5%, which has been in effect for the past years. I also went
further to verify the account and it came to my notice that the account is
now dormant. Considering the new law passed by the United Kingdom
Government parliament on dormant accounts,i decided to move this fund out
from the dormant account to avoid Government authorities making use of this
fund. I have fully secured this fund on your behalf in an Escrow account
and this fund was fully secured against government seizure. I decided to
move this fund out of your dormant online account with us because of the
United Kingdom Government statement and implementation of the new law to
use the fund in dormant accounts here in United Kingdom to carry out social
services in the Country like funding of voluntary groups and community
projects. For you can read the past news on the link below which is now
under implementation:

This is why you should respond urgently for more guideline on how this fund
will get to you safely and also keep the detail very confidential because i
don’t want anything that will dent my name or have my good reputation
destroyed here in the Bank. I am doing this to help you receive this fund
because i don’t want government to claim this fund after seeing all you
have suffered in the hand of corrupt official in the past to claim this
fund. Delaying is dangerous at this time.and as well give me a direct
number to reach you quickly. Also email me on my direct email ( for guideline on how i can assist you move this
fund to your country of origin.

Looking forward to hearing from you as
quickly as possible.

Mr. Rahul Gandhi

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