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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: george brown <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 15:48:44 +0200


My name is george brown I am a lawyer by profession. I want to offer you
the next of kin of my client. You inherit the sum of ($ 8.5 million)
Dollars that my client left in the bank before his death.

My client is a citizen of your country who died in a car accident with his wife
and only son. I am entitled to 50% of the total fund, while 50% will
be for you.
Please contact my private email here for more

Thanks in advance,
Mr. George Brown,

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