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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: mark casady <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 14:00:57 -0400
Subject: Hello Dear,

My Greetings to you,

My name is Mr.mark casady. I sent you this letter some time ago but
I'm not sure if you got it, I am contacting you in respect of my late
client, a national of your country who died of a heart attack, He
deposited US$,2,500.000. here in my country and he died without any
registered next of kin as he was long divorced and had no child who
seemed to be your relative.

Could you diligently come up with this claim, I will be glad to
present you to the bank as his next of kin so that the proceeds of his
fund will be done in your name. I am his personal lawyer and will give
you all the necessary assistance to achieve this claim.

But if you are not interested do not bother to respond back and Please
treat this information as confidential.

Please I need your urgent response for more details.


Mark casady Esq

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