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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: General Office USA <>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 20:34:52 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary of $10.5 Million

Dear Legal Beneficiary of $10.5 Million.

This message is very important and should be regarded as such.
This is the 3rd time that i have sent you this mail without a respond
from you and this will be our last notice to you.

I want to inform you once again that your online bank account from
JP Chase Bank is ready and awaiting to receive the following
information from you today to open and Credit your $10.5 Million fund
into your account.

Kindly fill the following information and get back to me.

JP Chase Bank Online Bank Account Opening Form:

Account Holder:
Holder's Address:
Holder's Date Of Birth:
Id Card
Next Of Kin:
Source of Funds:
Phone Number:

Mr.Robert Justin
Tel: +1(206)456-0277

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