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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: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:55:04 -0700
Subject: How are you? I hope you are doing great?

Hello my good friend.

How are you? I hope you are doing great?

You may not understand why this mail came to you, but if you do not
remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding
a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am
using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar business
has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from the USA. who
financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great efforts to our unfinished transfer of funds into
your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund to my new
partner's account in China that was capable of assisting me in this great
venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you
showed during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and
show my gratitude to you with the sum of Two Million and Five hundred
thousand dollars( US$2.500.000 ), I have left a Bank draft Check for you
worth US$2.500 000 Million Dollars, and you can withdraw cash in any Bank
around you or you can cash the bank draft at your bank for safety, Make
sure you go with your passport or ID Card only and the bank will pay the
money to your account or obtain an ATM MASTER CARD for safety too.

My dear friend, I would like you to contact my Account Officer with his
direct email address at:( or +1( 301) 994-7736 for
the collection of your Bank draft Check and ATM CARD, his name is:
Mr.Michael Henderson. I authorized him to release the Bank draft Check and
ATM CARD to you whenever you contact him regarding it. At the moment, I'm
very busy with my partner because of the investment project which we are
having at hand now. Please I will like you to accept this token with good
faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with Mr. Michaels
directives so that your Check and card can reach you without delay.

Please do not forget to let me know when you get the Bank draft Check from
him. Contact me on my personal email.,

Yours sincerely,
Washington, D.C. USA.

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