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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: Mrs Elena Figura <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:55:53 +0000
Subject: Assistance from Mrs Elena

Good Day,
I am Mrs. Elena FiguraI from France,  I work as the Accountant and Auditor Manager in a bank here in Togo; I have a very confidential business proposition for you.
There is an unclaimed huge funds 7,000,000.00 USD in our bank that belongs to a foreign customer whom died with his entire on the auto crash accident. Ever since then our bank have search everywhere for his family member to come for the claim of the fund but we can't find anyone.
I am seeking for your good collaboration to transfer the funds to you as the immediate relative of our bank late customer for our both benefit, and also to help the needy during these trying pandemic season.
Kindly get back to me once you have read this mail and if youre interested, so I shall send to you more relevant details to receive the fund so that we can share is 40% for you while 60% for me.
Thank you
Yours Sincerely.
Mrs. Elena Figura

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