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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: James Henderson <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:11:08 +0100

Head Office Address: 201 North Walnut Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Good day , Dear Benefiary.
Greetings from the Chase Bank. we wish to inform you the we have a
vital information
which needs to be attended immediately. Did you authorized anyone to
pick up your inheritance fund from our branch in Wilmington, Delaware
? One Mr Andrew Cox came to our office yesterday in-respect of your
$30.3 million dollars which has been credited with us for the past 2
years now by the Federal Government to be transferred into your
account. He said that you authorized him to pick up the fund.

This fund has been in our custody for the past two years now and we
have been waiting for you to contact us but we didn't know what is
hindering you from reaching us since. So we decided to write to you to
make sure that you are fine and aware of the inheritance fund of $8.5
million dollars in our branch office in Wilmington, Delaware.

We want you to get back to us with the following details:

Full Name:
Home Address:
Phone number:
Acct number:
Your identity card:
This above listed details are needed as fast as possible if you didn't
authorize anyone to
pick up your fund from our branch in Delaware

Mr. James Henderson

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