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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:

Date: 21 Aug 2021 03:55:44 +0200
Subject: Greetings my dear

Dear Friend,

I have sent three messages to you, but no response, that's the
reason I'm sending it again.

My name is Barr. Andree Nielsen, the principal attorney Andree
Nielsen & Partner Associate Law Office UK. I am contacting you
because of my deceased client who died leaving some funds with a
bank in London. I want to announce you as an heir/beneficiary to
the fund.

The bank has requested my late clients next of kin, i have been
trying to reach the family for two years and half. The bank
issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or the fund will be
confiscated. I believe you understand what it means to confiscate
the fund it means the bank would transfer it to their treasury.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives.

I wish to solicit your consent to present you as the next of kin
of my deceased client, since you bear the same last name with the
family. the bank would proceed and release the sum of ($11.9
million dollars) to you. These will not take us more than 6-7
working days. once the money is released to you, i will fly to
your country for my share of the money 60% for me while 40% will
be for you. let me know your readiness for more details. my
private email ( so as to keep it

Best Regards,
Barr. Andree Nielsen
& Partner Law Office.
London UK.

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