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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: "METROPOLITAN POLICE UK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 03:20:29 -0000

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<p align="center" class="bod"><span class="bod"><strong>METROPOLITAN POLICE UK</strong></span></p>
<p align="center" class="bod">&nbsp;</p>
<p align="left" class="bod"> Good Morning</p>
<p class="bod"> </p>
<p class="bod">Greetings to you from <strong>METROPOLITAN POLICE UK</strong>., there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one <strong>MR.JOHN LEWIS</strong> this morning, who is presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with him before your death. He was trying to divert your inheritance fund (<strong>US$10,602,000.00</strong>) to his personal bank account in <strong>New York </strong>yesterday. He told the bank that you are dead in car accident near your home on the <strong>29th of November, 2021.<br />
<p class="bod"> Are you truly dead as he has claimed? Do you make anyone with the name <strong>John Lewis</strong> your next of kin? He submitted your death certificate to the bank and claiming that you are dead. We are currently investigating if you are dead or not after the bank contacted us with the information. We need to hear from you asap. He submitted your death certificate to the bank this morning and we are asked to investigate if you are truly dead or not.</p>
<p class="bod">Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (<strong>JOHN LEWIS</strong>), He further claimed that you died on the <strong>29/November/2021</strong> and you have been buried, thereby making him the current beneficiary with his following account details:</p>
<p class="bod"> </p>
<p class="bod">MR JOHN LEWIS,<br />
AC/NUMBER: 6503809428.<br />
ROUTING/122006743,<br />
B/NAME: Bank of America (B.O.A),<br />
<p class="bod"> We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mr. John Lewis, if we do not hear from you within the next two working days from today.</p>
<p class="bod"> Kindly provide us the below information's about yourself:</p>
<p class="bod"> </p>
<p class="bod">Your Name:<br />
Full Contact Address:<br />
Date of Birth:<br />
Contact Phone Number:<br />
Contact Fax Number (if any):<br />
Contact Email Address:</p>
<p class="bod"> </p>
<p class="bod">You should provide us with the above information asap, if you want to claim your Fund today.</p>
<p class="bod">Let us know immediately you contact the bank today. Keep this email message and document confidential.</p>
<p class="bod">You should email us back immediately</p>
<p class="bod"> </p>
<p class="bod"> </p>
<p class="bod">Best Regards<strong><br />
Inspector James Olek.</strong></p>
<p class="bod"> </p>

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