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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Adex John " <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 01:38:48 -0800
Subject: NEXT OF KIN...................... Mor

Attn: Sir/ Madam
I wish to seek your assistance for the transfer of USD35.000 000 depositor=
y made by a foreign investor for an investment programmed that has remained=
dormant for years now. I discovered that the account holder died without m=
aking a WILL on the depository, and upon my further curious investigation, =
the deceased was a contractor with a government agency where huge amounts w=
ere reportedly missing.
This money cannot be approved to a local bank account holder, but can only=
be approved to a foreigner. If you will stand as investment partner to the=
fund, it will be shared 55%/45%, as this is a TWO-MAN business deal transa=
ction. I shall provide you with more details and relevant documents that wi=
ll help you understand the transaction. I need your assistance and co-opera=
tion to this reality as I have done my Home-work and fine tune the best way=
to create you as the beneficiary of the fund.=20
I will like you to provide me this needed informations, Your Full Names an=
d Address, Date of Birth, Occupation, Tel & Fax Numbers so that an Attorney=
will be able to prepare the necessary documents and Transfer of Right and =
Privileges which will put you in place as the heir. The Attorney will draf=
t and carry out the notarization of the WILL and also obtain the necessary =
documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the claim.
I will appreciate your early reply for commencement of business. If this p=
roposal is acceptable by you, I expect that you will not take undue advanta=
ge of the trust I will bestow upon you. Do reply me through this e-mail ( = )
I await your urgent response.
Mr. Adex John

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