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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: "Barr. George Lewis" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 03:40:22 -0700
Subject: From Barr. George Lewis

My name is Barrister George Lewis , I may have to troubled your sense of personal
achievement and reward for an opportunity properly taken advantage of. I wish to
notify you that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of US
$10,600,000.00 (Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) in
the intent of the deceased who died of Covid 19 December last year 2020 here in England.
I contacted you because you bear the same last name with my deceased client who
is native of your country, and therefore i can present you as the beneficiary to
the inheritance, since there is no written WILL from my late client.
Our legal services aim to provide you with a complete service as I am prepared to
provide you with all the documents required by the holding Bank to enable them
release this inheritance funds to you.
All the papers work required will be processed in your acceptance of this deal as
we are prepared to offer you 50%, and 40% for me,w hile 10% should be given to
any Orphanage Home, I request that you kindly forward to me your letter of
acceptance with the below details via email:
Full Name:
Full Address:
Tel No.:
Private Email:
Your prompt response is highly imperative. I know that this transaction will

bring us good relationship in future.
Yours sincerely,
Barr. George Lewis.

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