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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: OFFICE <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 13:50:30 +0100
Subject: I didn't forget your past efforts:


I did not forgot your past effort by trying to help me, now I want to tell you
that i have succeeded in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation
of a new partner from United State Of America(U.S.A).

Contact my Lawyer because I have left the whole instruction to him on
your behalf and instruct him where to deliver the $10Million
International Bank Draft without any further delay for your compensation.

His name is Barrister .RAY UGO

Make sure you send this information to him.

Full Name:
Residence Address:
Telephone Number:

Mr Lawrence Forbes.

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