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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: "Mr. Clement Orbed Esq" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 06:23:25 -0700
Subject: URGENT.

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mr. Clement Orbed a Banker also an Account officer to Late Alex
Henandez our customer who died in a Car Accident few months Ago, but
before his sudden death he left USD$12.800.000.00 Million in a fixed
Deposit Account here in our Bank but as his personal Account Manager,
our bank Authorize me to look for his relatives to come and claim the
money(Funds) but I have not been able to locate his relatives,So I
humbly need your Assistance to receive these Funds into your Account
as the Next of Kin.

I guarantee that this transaction will be successfully without any problem.

Let me hear from you and I will give you more information.


Mr. Clement Orbed Esq.

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