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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: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 18:44:48 +0100
Subject: Kai Rosenberg


It`s me Kai Rosenberg ,the professional banker with the reserve , who was in touch with you . Finally, I am contacting you regarding our previous discussion , about the deceased, whom I happened to be his banker and financial advisor, It's been confirmed he died of cancer and he has no beneficiary on file to receive his $137 Million USD from investment . I am ready for the deal as discussed ,it's a 50-50 share , are you ready ? all you do is to get me any of your nominated banks abroad for the transfer .


Kai Rosenberg

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