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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. David JIM Brown" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:15:25 +0100

From;Mr David J.Brown
Chief Auditor,
head of computing department.
Access Bank Plc,
57/78,Broad street,
Date;23rd April,2021.


Dear Madam,

My name is Mr David JIM Brown, lam the auditor and head of computing
department of a bank here in Nigeria.l wish to inform you a bank
account that was opened in our bank since my inception into office in
2010,and according to our record, it was evident that nobody has ever
operated on this account since then, l therefore took the courage to
look for a reliable person who will be capable for this important

The owner of this money is Late Collins H.Fredrick of the United
States of America,who died as a result of Motor crash accident.No
person knows about the money or anything concerning his account and
the account has no next of kin and my investigation further proved to
me that his family and his country does not know anything about this

l am therefore seeking for a reliable person that will play the human
role as the next of kin to this fund which is in the amount of
£35.500,000.00(Thirty Five Million, Five hundred thousand pounds
sterling). l have also discovered that if l do not remit this money
out urgently, it will be forfeited to the government Treasury account
as an unclaimed fund.

l will use my position and influence to effect the Legal approval and
onward transfer of this fund into any nominated bank account of your
choice with appropriate clearance from foreign payment department.You
will henceforth stand to get 35% while 5% shall be set aside for the
expenses that will be incurred during the process,and 60% will be for

lf this OK by you,forward to me the below data information;

(1) Your Valid Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Address.
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:
8) Your I/D Card attached.

l will fill you in with further details upon your swift
response.Please be informed that confidentiality of this transaction
is of utmost importance please.

Yours Truly,
Mr David JIM Brown,
Phone Number;+234-708-625-3965

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