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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. Prince Okons" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 16:35:47 -0800

Attn: Sir/Madam,

How are you and your family today? My names are Master Prince Okon's, I have packaged a transaction that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. My family will need your assistance to help my family receive and invest the sum of USD$45.5 Million dollars ( Forty five Million Five Hundred United States Dollars ).
my late father deposited in a bank here before his sudden death.

My father died early this year when he contracted corona virus (
covid-19 ) from Germany in a search for foreign investor. He died few
weeks he returned from Germany.
My mother and I want this funds to be transfer and invested in your
country through your assistance and directive,my father when he was
alive warn us not to invest this funds in Africa due to tribal and
economic crises.We shall give you 30% of this funds for assisting us.

This funds transaction is 100% genuine, legal and free risk.there is
nothing to fear.

Please get back to me through this email: , more details

Prince Okons,

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