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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: "Mr.Roberts Kevin" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:26:52 +0000
Subject: HI


I sent you an email before but received no response from you,I
contacted you about my deceased client who has the same surname as
you. He died leaving behind the sum of US$4.8 Million which is
layingdormant at the bank here. Please get back to me for further
details.Reply to my private email
address:( for guidelines on how to
repatriate the funds.
Best Regards.
Mr.Roberts Kevin.

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