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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 Robert Begbie" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:19:48 -0500
Subject: Your Consent Is Urgently Needed From Mr Robert Begbie

I am ROBERT BEGBIE, account officer to our late customer a foreigner who used to work with AGIP PETROLEUM OIL COMPANY/ Road CONSTRUCTION (NAOC).On Thursday 25th of December 2003, my client,his wife and their Child were involved in a plane crash in Benin Republic, in West Africa.
                         Kindly check the cnn website here for Confirmation..
All occupants of the plane unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client’s extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts.
Hence i decided to contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they got confiscated or declared serviceable by the Natwest Bank PLC. I am the only person who has legal right to present the next of kin of my late client to the bank,because I have all the legal backing documents to prove my claim beyond reasonable doubt and I want you to help me as the Next Of Kin to my late Client receive this money in your country.
The Finance House where the deceased had funds valued of US$12.5Million Dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make, all I require is your honest/unalloyed co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law and i solicit your honesty and trust concerning this issue as all my hope relay on it for survival.
Yours Sincerely
Mr Robert Begbie.

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