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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 00:12:32 -0500

Dear Friend,

This proposal will come to you as a surprise, but I am inspired to send you this email following the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to the two of us.
My name is Brian Rose and I am a financial consultant and property manager working in the Middle East/Asia and Africa, I am reaching out to you in respect of my late client's fund of £12.7M pounds sterling deposited with a bank for safe keeping which is about to be confiscated by the Government after many years unclaimed.

I decided to reach you after several trials to locate any of his surviving family members over a long period of time and because you bear a similar last name with him,I have made several inquiries to several Embassies to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

Consequently, The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over several years now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account can be repatriated successfully as his wife who happens to be the next of kin died two years ago. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us to see this deal through and also forward the following to me:

Full name:
Marital status:
Postal address:
phone number:

You will be entitled to 50 %; 40 % for me and 10 % to defray all cost.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Yours Sincerely,
Brian Rose.
pls reply to my email:

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