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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Michael Bolton Greg" <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 11:32:36 +0200


Kindly respond to my private mail address if you are interested (

I know this might come as a surprise to you considering the amount of junk
emails we all receive on a daily basis. I can assure you that I am not one
of them; I would appreciate it if the content of this email is kept
strictly confidential.

I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction and
the current financial situation of the world at the moment.

A brief introduction about me, I am Mr. Michael Bolton Greg, a bank manager
here in the UK.

I have worked here for a little more than 16 years. I am contacting you
concerning an abandoned account in the sum of £10million Pounds. I was the
account manager to late Mr. Liam Logan Mason, a foreign contractor to the
department of works and housing who has an investment account with our
bank. Late Mr. Liam Logan Mason died without any named beneficiary or a
WILL to the account.

According to practice, the Private banking sector will by the end of 2021
broadcast a request for statement of claim to my Bank, failing to receive
viable claims they will probably revert the deposit to the ownership of the
UK Government Treasury according to United Kingdom Banking and financial

I am proposing that after a successful execution of the business deal, the
funds will be shared in the ratio of 50/50. You will get 50% and I will be
entitled to 50%. You know that I must have done my homework already before
contacting you.

Although the project is CAPITAL INTENSIVE, I know we will be able to pull
it through following proper banking and legal Channels with your assistance
at your end by standing as the next of kin/Business associate to late Mr.
Liam Logan Mason. This claim will be executed without breaching any UK laws
and success is guaranteed if we cooperate on this. The bank will release
the account to you as the business associate and my recommendation of you
as the business associate to the deceased.

An opportunity like this only comes once in a lifetime and I think we need
the fund (10million Pounds) to take care of ourselves and family. I would
like you to think about this and let me know your decision because such a
deal happens in the banking industry but only the outside world is not
aware. If you give me a positive response, I will give you the relevant
INFORMATION for the successful completion of this deal and we both enjoy it
in peace. All I require from you is honesty/sincerity; I guarantee that
this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law.

If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a


Mr. Michael Bolton Greg

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