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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: "Dr. Stanley Biko." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 11:56:15 +0100
Subject: Can I confide in you please?


Your e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted by our law firm David

Nicholson Chambers New York USA.

I am Dr.Stanley Biko (Esq) A personal attorney to the late Mr. Michael Blair who

worked with Shell British Petroleum. Mr. Michael Blair a well known Philanthropist

before he died of Corona Virus known as Covid 19 in the UK United Kingdom made a

Will in our law firm stating that US$85.5 Million (Eighty five Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars only) should be donated to any Philanthropist or Orphanage homes of your choice overseas.

We have made our random draw and your e-mail address was picked to receive this

fund as the beneficiary of late Mr. Michael Blair will. Kindly get back to me as

soon as you are in receipt of my mail to enable me tell you what next to do to

receive your fund legally.

Dr.Stanley Biko

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