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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: "AM-PM GIRL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:43:56 +0200

My name is Rachelle Ransom. I am hoping you are still using this email address as I searched and found it over the internet in my desperate quest for an honest and trustworthy business partner. This is an important and confidential business proposal I am bringing to you. I am a certified bank auditor (CBA). I am an accounting specialist responsible for reviewing and evaluating bank's records to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance.
At the bank I am auditing currently, I am having the opportunity of transferring an unclaimed (10.5million us/dollars} belonging to one of the bank's late customers {Alex Mizrahi} whom I discovered while auditing the books that he died of Covid-19. While checking through his files further, I discovered more also, that there are no next of kin listed in his pay program before his death. As it stands right now therefore, nobody has claims to the money. It belongs to no one now as Alex Mizrahi did not will the fund to anybody and did not put any next of kin at all. So, this (10.5million us/dollars} will just continue to float and be around for a long time until either it is finally stolen by senior bank officials here when they finally discover what I have discovered, or it may get confiscated by the government.
Because of this, I want to urgently bring you to the table and submit your name to the bank and declare you as the next of kin to Alex Mizrahi. I promise you it is 100% risk free. I will diligently facilitate the transfer of this fund to you as the next of kin to the bank's late client {Alex Mizrahi}. With the information I have at my disposal as the auditor, it will be very easy and without trace. So, I am promising you a 50/50 share from the proceeds once we have agreed to work together.
Kindly get back to me for further details of the transfer should you be interested.
Yours Faithfully,
Miss Rachelle Ransom

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