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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 19:41:22 +0000

We received a letter of  instruction from Mr. Martins Huffman, stated that the sum of  $US3,500,000 ( Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ) should be transferred into his bank account as stated below with immediate effort, He said that you gave him the permission to claim your funds after you have passed away  he further stated that you passed away one week ago after battling with a serious Heart disease which lasted almost 2 years which was the reason why you abandon your funds with us for your inability to pay for the tax clearance fee and receive your funds.
Well, This news came as a surprise to us after your last email regarding the tax clearance fee which was the total sum of $1,950USD which was holding the transfer of the fund into your bank account, we have not heard from you for a very long time and we have been trying to reach you not until we received this email from  Mr. Martins Huffman, Regarding your death,  We sincerely  sympathize with your family and every other person affected by this disease and we pray that God almighty will strengthen everyone involved in Jesus name amen!!!
Due my experience as banker i have worked in this bank for over 15 years now i can clearly tell you that things like this happens everywhere some imposters can be trying to steal your funds, They can lie just to steal, But in this case i don't know if  Martins Huffman is saying the truth or not that is why i have decided to contact you to know if he is saying the truth or not to know if he is one of those imposters out there looking for who to steal their money, If you are alive please kindly respond back to this email with immediate effect before we finalize the transfer into his bank account as listed below.
Martins Huffman account details
Account Name:.... Martins Huffman
Account Number:.... 42017679701
Bank Name:........Citibank
Bank Address:.......44770 Jared Lane, Hemet, California 92544, USA
Routing Number:......322271724
We await your urgent response as soon as possible to prove to us that you are still very much alive not dead as  Mr. Martins Huffman, Claimed and i want you to know that all the necessary arrangement to wire your funds into his bank account is complete if we did not hear from you within 48hours after you have received this email we are going to proceed and transfer the funds into  Mr. Martins Huffman's account, and as soon as we hear from you to confirm that you are alive we are going to stop all the arrangement to transfer the funds to him until you authorize us to do so.
Mr. Glenn Edwards
Email Address:
May God bless everyone involved in Jesus' name Amen.
Best Regards,
Mr. Glenn Edwards,
Funds T. D. Manager.
Federal Reserve Bank.

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