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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. Michael Bolton Greg" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 23:06:07 +0200
Subject: Good day

Good day
My Names are Michael Bolton Greg from the UK , I am contacting you
concerning an abandoned account in the sum of £10million Pounds.
I was the account manager to the late Mr. Liam Logan Mason, a foreign
contractor to the department of works and housing who has an investment
account with our bank. Late Mr. Liam Logan Mason died without any named
beneficiary or a WILL to the account.
Kindly send me a Contact Cell Number so we can talk.
Respond to my private mail address ( if you
are interested +447459170767
Mr. Michael Bolton Greg

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