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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.Kenneth Joe" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 13:16:44 -0700
Subject: Arvest bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma State


Good day and Happy New Month to you and family. How are you doing
today? Hope your day is going really well? This is Mr. Kenneth Joe
from Arvest bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma branch here in the United States of
America. I have sent you several emails since last week ago and
received no response from you. Please why have you not been responding to
my emails? Is there anything wrong with your email account? I have been so
patience by trying my very best to see that i get a hold of you so that you
will not lose what is legitimately yours.

Please get back to me urgently if you receive this email so that i can.pass
an important information to you immediately.

Waiting for your response.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr.Kenneth Joe
Arvest bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma State
United States of America.

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