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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: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 23:12:25 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Re: Please Treat As Urgent.

Mr. Harry Oginda, LLB HONS
Glasgow Lawyers
159 W Nile St, Glasgow,
Glasgow City G1 2RL,
United Kingdom

Sir/ Madam,

I hope the week has been good for you! I write to you regarding an investment of bearer bonds I made on behalf of a client. The investment was made in 2009 and has been under my management.

The said investor has passed on after contacting COVID-19. The window is now available to assign these financial Assets to any name or company of my choice. I have all the necessary information to achieve this within 10 banking days.

The total value of the bond is GBP 100million, in a million pounds' denomination.
If you can handle this, do contact me at your earliest convenience via my email, so that we can work out the details accordingly.

Thank you and please respond ASAP.

Best Regards,
Mr. Harry Oginda, LLB HONS
Glasgow Lawyers
159 W Nile St, Glasgow,
Glasgow City G1 2RL,
United Kingdom

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