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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: Maria Kyra <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 00:10:44 +0100


My name is Maria Kyra. I need your partnership in a funds transfer
process involving an unclaimed deposit USD$126,830,790.00 All efforts
to trace any living relative of the deceased customer did not yield
any positive result. I can use my office to present you as next of kin
to the deceased and have the funds transferred for our mutual benefit.
There are no risks whatsoever attached. I will personally oversee the
process of the transfer of funds from the bank to your account.

My proposition is to seek your consent to present you as the
next-of-kin or heir of the funds. Hence, you have related information
with my late client, the proceeds of this account can possibly be paid
to you, thereafter, and we could share the amount 50/50. All legal
documents to back up your claim as my late client's next of kin will
be gradually provided.

All I require is your honest and sincere co-operation to see this
transaction through. This will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will secure you and me from any breach of law. If
this business proposition offends your moral values, please do accept
my apology. I must use this occasion to implore you to exercise the
utmost indulgence to keep this matter absolute secrecy whatever your
decision, while I await your prompt response. Please contact me at
once to indicate your interest and more details shall be provided.

Note: This transaction will be treated personally with absolute
discretion and sincerity. Meanwhile, the transaction is a secret and
confidential deal between both of us as third parties must not be
involved for a successful and perfect completion and if you are not
interested after reading this message please delete and do not respond

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation:

Best Regards,
Mrs. Maria Kyra.

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