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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:

Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2021 20:44:07 +0100
Subject: From Godswill

This funds are already in Canada,
My name is God'swill Kietha and i
am the only child of Chief James Kietha a rich and famous man who
died Febuary 17th 2020,
I am 17 years old,after his death we
discovered he had large sum of money now we have been able to have
access to this bank but i cannot collect this money until when i am
21years old but can get someone who will be able to receive this money
for investment and help us to build our lives again,
This is strictly bank to bank transaction I will be very glad if you can accept this
offer as we will work together to acheive success
Please kindly
respond for further details
Looking forward to hearing from you

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