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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: Alex Chung <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 07:08:57 +0100
Subject: Inheritance Payment

Attn: Sir / Ma,

I'm seeking for your approval to present you as Next of Kin to late
Mrs. Bertha, she deposited Eight Million United States Dollars with
Canadia Bank Cambodia and died as a result of corona-virus infection
on the 19th January 2021 in Chicago

I will send you the death certificate from Cook County Clerk's office
in Chicago for your perusal. Please kindly get back to us with your
information if you're interested

1. Your Full Name.
2. Contact Home Address.
3. Your Cell-phone Number.
4. Your International Passport / Driver's License

Best regards,
Barrister Alex Chung Chao-Shu

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