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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: "From Mr. Davis Mark" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:34:04 +0100
Subject: Hi, Greetings

Dear Friend

Hi, Greetings

I am a consultant here in the United Kingdom (UK) and work closely
with top officials of a PRIME bank in SWITZERLAND. We have recently
discovered funds left behind by my late client who died along with his
wife and only son in March 2020 due to complications on covid19
(Coronavirus) in Italy. I contacted you to assist me in recovering the
fund valued at ($18.3Million USD) eighteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars Only as the Bank where this fund is deposited has
issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the fund

You share same name with my client, I seek your consent to present you
as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this fund
can be paid to you. I guarantee that this will be executed under 100%
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the

Mr. Davis Mark.
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