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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: EC <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 15:40:13 +0200
Subject: 12/10

Good day.

*Kindly treat this information confidentially*

I am Edwin Cole and I work as a private banking consultant for an
international investment bank. I am contacting you to share this
confidential deal with the best hope that we can cooperate together for our
mutual benefit.

I have the capacity to use my position in the bank, to secure a profile
addition on your behalf as an approved beneficiary in the bank's payment
database, in order to receive an immediate payment of Fifty Million-USD. I
have good intentions to collaborate with you, and to have the funds
profiled on you as a Payment Beneficiary which will then be transferred to
your nominated bank account. After transfer of the funds is completed to
your bank account, we will share the money together. You will then ensure
that I receive half of the total amount and you retain the other half to
yourself. There are no risks of any unsuccessful attempt.

If you are keen and capable of handling this deal with me, please contact
me as a matter of urgency by email: **

Kind regards,

Edwin Cole

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