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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:59:52 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

I am pleased to write you this letter for the following reasons:-

One of my client who is now deceased,in his will, left for someone who

bears your name as his entire cash deposit valued at (Twenty eight

million three hundred thousand us dollars) Usd $28,300,000.00.The truth is

that i do not know if you are the beneficiary or not.For some years now,i

have tried severally to locate the name on the will without success hence i

have contacted you.

Can you please get back to me urgently if you are capable of investing

this fund for any profitable business in your country,contact me for

further explanations.



Mr.Dinga Mosungo.

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