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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: Kendah Linniss <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 06:03:42 +0000
Subject: Dear

I am Kendah Linniss a reputable banker here in UBA BANK I have an
important transaction to disclose with you about a citizen of your
country and a crude oil dealer made a fixed deposit with my bank
valued at $17,500,000.00,which I want you to stand as the next of kin
that will benefit both of us and if you are interested, get back to me
for more details through my email: [ ]

Kendah Linniss

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