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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: "Alex Radford." <>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 13:49:29 -0800
Subject: FROM Alex Radford & Co. Respond Urgently.

Alex Radford & Co.
Calle Juan Ramon Jimenez 10, Edificio Marbeland 4B,
Marbella, 29601 .

Date: 01-01-2021

Dear ,

We are a financial and legal management firm, with expertise in litigation and business law which focuses on family estate/Assets, we also provide legal services in

Europe and abroad which includes leaders in banking and finance, political office holders and private international business men. We do represent personnel in

financing and coperate transactions. I represent the late MR. PHILIP, a national of your country, who was a contractor and business man and have spent most of his life

in Europe. He passed away few years ago due to health complications, although I have made some enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives but to no avail.

After lots of unsuccessful attempts in locating any member of his family, hence I am contacting you to assist in claiming his Investment fund valued at US

$11,500,000.00USD (Eleven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only) left with an Investment Company as it is now due and available to be claimed. The Investment

Company has contacted me to provide the new beneficiary urgently so as to enable them release the fund along with its profit which it has yielded from the first year

it was invested with them.

I therefore seek your consent to present you as the new and bonafide beneficiary to the invested fund. The Law does not allow me to make such claim without presenting

a bonafide benefactor so the proceeds of this account can be paid and released to you. To make this claim, I have all necessary legal documents needed to back up our

claim to enable us conclude this claim within 7 Banking days. All I require from you is your consent and cooperation to enable us make this claim instead it will be

declared unclaimed by the company.

Do contact me directly for further communication through my personal and secured telephone or email below or above as i am open to discussing this mutual benefit deal

with you.

I expect your swift response to the subject matter.

Best regards,

Alex Radford
Principal Partner.

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