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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: thomas jason <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 08:41:48 -0700

Dear Sir/Madam,

This message will be the last notification that I will send to you as my
earlier letters sent to you through the Post Office was returned
undelivered. Hence I decided to reach you via email because this
information needs urgent attention.

I'm contacting you because of my deceased client ,
who died in 2013, and the management of the Bank has issued me a notice to
provide an extended next of kin of the deceased who deposited a sum
ofUSD2.6M (Two Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) or have
the account confiscated within the next 14 banking days.

I am the personal attorney, and will be disappointed if the labor of my
client is confiscated. Since you bear the same surname and may be an
extended member of the family, i want you to kindly get back to me for
verification process with the following information for appraisal to enable
me compare pass it on to the board of directors of the Bank for approval on
your behalf so we can receive this funds for our future benefits.

1. Your full names
2. Current address
3. Telephone and Fax numbers
4. Date of Birth.
5. Country of Origin

I wait for your response to enable me expedite every legal action to this
effect. I will assist you in any possible way that i can to enable you
receive the total sum deposited, with accumulated interest. I fell you will
appreciate my effort for giving you my kind assistance.

Yours in active service.

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