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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: "Mr.umar bello" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 16:41:07 -0800
Subject: Greetingz my dear partner

Greetingz my dear partner

I am contacting you on a business deal of $11.5 Million US Dollars/950
KG of gold valued at $24.5 Million USD.
ready for transfer into your account.
if we make this claim, we will share it 60%/40%.,100% risk free and it
will be legally backed up with government approved documents If you
are interested reply for more details.

kindly reply to my alternative email

Best regards
Umar Bello D,

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