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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: John Albert <>
Date: 8 Oct 2021 07:40:59 -0700

Good day ,

 I have sent you message more than 5 times, i just noticed i made a mistake in the letters on your mail , that was why you did not receive all the mails i sent earlier, sorry about that. Please do not reply this mail if you have any criminal record because it will affect the transaction, am John Albert a staff in a Caixabank here in Spain, i have a customer who have a similar second name with you, he died in the year 2015 , leaving Twenty Seven Million ,Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, ( $ 27,300 000 USD) ,without a next of kin in the account , since you have Similar name with him ,if you will give me 100% assurance that you will not run away with this funds if i process it to you as his next of kin ,i will process the funds with your details ,as i am his account officer , i will using your name and details as next of Kin to raise a draft of Twenty Seven Million ,Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, ( $ 27,300 000 USD),without you contacting Caixabank here in Spain, i will do all process and inform you.

 Once the draft get cleared and the Twenty Seven Million ,Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, ( $ 27,300 000 USD)  get transferred to you,I will Term the  money as an Investment / Charity Funds  to avoid any questioning of the funds source .As soon as the Funds get to your Custody , you will Take Ten Million United States Dollars ( $ 10,000 000 USD ) and offer me Seventeen Million United States Dollars ( $ 17,000 000 USD), then we will donate Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($ 300,000 USD ) to any Charity organization that take care of Motherless babies in Asia.

I will need your Urgent reply if you will assure me sincere cooperation and honesty , because i will be traveling soon next for a Medical Check up.

Once i read from you i will give you more details..

Send me copy here of your reply:


Yours Faithfully,
John Albert

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