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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: Farias D Luiz <>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 16:43:27 +0000
Subject: From: Mr.Farias Luiz.

Good Day!!!!
I am Mr.Farias Luiz, the bill and exchange manager at the foreign
remittance department BANK in LOME TOGO .I got your contact from the
internet, while searching for a honest and trust worthy person who
will assist me to implement this transfer. I discovered the sum of
$18.2 MILLIONS US DOLLAR) belonging to a deceased customer of this
bank. The fund has been lying in a dormant account without anybody
coming to put claim over the money since the account owner late Mr
Malsa WAZIRI from Lebanon who was involved in the December 25th 2007
Benin plane crash. The fund is now ready for transfer to a foreign
account whose owner will be portrayed as the beneficiary and next of
kin to the deceased customer of the bank. Should you be interested, so
we can commence all arrangements and I Will give you more information
on how we would handle this project. Please treat this business with
utmost confidentiality and send me the Following information's bellow;
Best Regards,
Mr.Farias Luiz.

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