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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: "Barrister Amadou" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 20:19:20 +0100
Subject: Dear friend,

Dear friend,

I am contacting you to help get the deposit (10.5 million Dollars), my late client Engineer Vasiliy  left in his Bank before his sudden death with his wife and their only Daughter April 21, 2007, to avoid confiscation by the bank.

Please contact me through this email ( so that I will tell you everything about this or kindly provide me with your own private email address so that I can contact you myself with all the details.

I hope to hear from you as soon as possible before it is too late.

With kind regards and best wishes,

Barrister Amadou Benjamin Esq.

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