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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: "ALBERT FORD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:25:09 -0700

WHATSAPP:+44 7415 128 234

Dear Friend,

I am sorry for intruding on your privacy without prior notice.
My name is Albert Ford, a staff of Standard Chartered Bank, London. As
an account Officer, I am privy to the particulars of an esteem
customer who died intestate (without Will).

I need a very reliable person whose assistance, name and account can be used to perfect the
WILL and claim the money as inheritance Upon the successful claim of
the INHERITANCE, it will be shared in an agreed percentage between
the two of us.This is the reason why I am contacting you .

Please,indicate your readiness willingness by contacting me through
my private email address above for more information and modalities.

Mr. Albert Ford

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