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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: "Daniel Kelvin" <>
Date: 09 Oct 2021 12:33:16 +0200

How are you doing? I'm a lawyer from United Kingdom, I'm contacting you to assists me in retrieving the huge deposit my deceased client left in the bank $14.5 Million usd straight to your bank account before it get confiscated.He died in March 2020 during Covld19 lockdown and he lost his wife to cancer 2 years ago without a child.

Kindly get back to me for more details.

Thank you!
Daniel Kelvin.

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