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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:

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:33:33 -0700
Subject: Urgent reply needed

Hello Dear,

I am Mrs. Pamela Lambert, executive office holder, General operation and regional accountant of Standard Bank of United Kingdom, i believe it's God's will for me to come across you today, also I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to impose on you. I have been in search of someone with the same last name of yours, so when I saw your name, I was pushed to contact you for our mutual benefit.

One of our customers from your country had a fixed deposit account with our bank in 2004 that valued the Sum of £6,300,000.00 (Six million, Three hundred thousand British pounds). The maturity date for this deposit was on 2007, unfortunately he was among the death victims of the May 26th, 2006 earthquake disaster in Jawa, Indonesia that killed about 5,782 people. He was on a business trip in Indonesia during this disaster that end up his life and entire family. And he did not state any next of kin Heir-apparent when the account was opened, although as his account officer, he told me that he will later forward one of his relative’s name as his next of kin Heir to the account which he did not fulfilled before he met his death.

And since then, I have been looking for someone from your country with similar name. I was happy when i saw your name and I am now seeking for your co-operation to present you as the next of kin Heir to this account hence you have similar last name with the deceased. Do not be afraid, there is no risk involved and every legitimate arrangement to perfect this deal has been put in place. And for your involvement in this deal, you will receive 50% of the total amount after the money is transfer to you. Also for confidentiality in this transaction i will like us to keep via email for now. Should you consider this offer interesting, kindly send me the below information of yours completely.

Your complete name:
Your full contact address:
Your direct mobile phone number:
Your major occupation:
Your Age:

Thanks in anticipation of your urgent response.

Best Regards
Mrs Pamela Lambert

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