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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: "Mrs. Lora Adams" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 16:02:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [ONG]For Your Kind Attention!! Dear Owner/Beneficiary, ROBERT@EISENBECK.COM on this day [-now-]

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from India.
Presently I am in India for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn’t forget you’re past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it
failed us some how. Now contact my lawyer in United state of America, his name
is Barrister Clement Smart.

Barrister Clement Smart.


Phone: +181 86971681

For security reasons the fund total sum of $2,500.000.00.{two million five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars was credicted in an ATM VISA CARD,which I kept in your name for
your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I
appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get
in touched with my lawyer and instruct him where to send you the VISA CARD,
 Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can
share the joy after all you have  suffered  at that time.
Do send to Barrister Clement Smart, your contact details.

Thanks and God bless you.

Mrs.Lora Adams

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