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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: Elizabeth Adam <>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 23:31:44 -0700
Subject: Hello Good Day

Good Day,

My name is Elizabeth Adam I am a lawyer by profession attached to
Access Bank, I have a client that has a deposit with Access Bank, but
my client was involved in a tragic accident with his family (wife and
2 children).

My client does not have any next of kin, because I am his personal
attorney, I want to solicit for your help in claiming his fund with
Access Bank. I will perfect the documents and present you as the Next
of Kin to my deceased client, because the bank knows me very well as
his personal attorney that runs his estate. It will be easy for me to
present you as his next of kin in other to transfer the fund into your

The total amount deposited by my client is Twenty-Five Million US
Dollars and my client is from United Kingdom, he was living in the UK
for the pass 20years. For your assistance in helping to claim the fund
from the bank, 30% of the fund will be giving to you and 10% for any
expenses incurred and 60% will be invested by you in my name.

If you are interested to help, please do contact me for further
information and provide me with your personal phone number for easy


Elizabeth Adam

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