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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: "Dr. Jaffa Smitht" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:07:42 -0700

Good day,
Kindly accept my sincere apologies for my mode of contacting you out of
the blues like this but something very urgent and important has come to
our notice and we believe it is important we seek your consent for the mutual interest of all.

I am Jaffa Smith, Corporate Director and personal funds manager to late
Mr Hiroshi J Nagashima a Japanese national. He died recently along with his wife and
only son while holidaying in Burma.where he died. In our last auditing,
we discovered a dormant account of his with $45,000.000.00 (Forty Five Million United Sstates Dollars ) in his name.

During our investigations we discovered he nominated his son as his next of
kin. All efforts to trace his other relations

have proved impossible. The Japanese Embassy UK couldn’t trace any of
the deceased relations. The account has been dormant

for a long time since his death. Therefore we decided to contact you, to
seek your consent to enable us nominate you as

the next of kin to the deceased and transfer the funds to you as the
designated next of kin to the deceased.

With the consent of our late client’s solicitors, they shall confirm you
as the next of kin; sole beneficiary to the

deposit/funds to authorise funds transfer to you. After transfer of
funds to your favour, you shall retain 60%, and 38%

ours, 2% set aside for expenses both parties might incur (if any) during
or after the transaction.

We have all the relevant details about the deceased, which shall enable
us claim the fund successfully. Your positive response will be highly
appreciated to enable us favour you with a draft
application/account details of the deceased for authentication of the
claim to the deceased’s estate.

I will not fail to assure you of the sincerity of purpose as this does
not burden around conscience. By virtue of my

profession, let me take this opportunity to inform you that there is no
risk involved as I have my integrity, personality

and family to protect.Remember to always keep this information Confidential.

Should this business transaction be of interest to you and you would
like to request a copy of draft application to

proceed, please contact me via

Yours Truly,

Jaffa Smith

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