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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: blessed Kenneth <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:53:05 -1200
Subject: Re: REGARDS

Attn: Friend,

I have been in search of someone with same name as yours, And it is
my pleasure to seek for your business assistance, and I want you to
consider it very important. This is an opportunity I would like us to
utilize very well. I am Mr.A Ansah, Non-Executive Director and an
officer in charge of auditing and accounting section with ( Barclays
Bank New York ), and also a relationship account officer to Dr.
Frederick Dervishi.

In 2007, One Late Dr. Frederick Dervishi, citizen of your country had
a fixed deposit with my bank for 36 calendar months, valued
US$7,400,000.00 (Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the
due date for this deposit contract was this 16th December 2016. Sadly,
Dr. Frederick was among the death victims in the Earthquake disaster
that occurred on the May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province of China that
killed thousands of people. He was in China on a business trip and
that was how he met his end. I have carried out various inquiries to
locate any of his clients and extended relatives but this has proved

Since the demise of this our customer, Dr. Frederick, who was a
seasoned oil Merchant/contractor here, I have kept a close watch of
the deposit records and accounts, and since then nobody has come to
claim the said money in this account as the next of kin. I hereby
write in regards to this effect to have you stand as the rightful
beneficiary to Late Dr. Frederick, so that the funds will be claimed,
released and transferred into your local bank account before my Bank
declare the total funds unserviceable or confiscated.

Please you will be entitled to a percentage that will be discussed
later with you and there is no risk involved in this regard, the
transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of law. I immensely request for your
optimum honesty and cooperation and Let me know your mind on this, and
please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the
details once I receive your urgent response strictly through this my
personal email address we can as well discuss this on phone if you so

Anticipating your communication.


Director DSU

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