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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: Mrs Kansai <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 20:57:16 -0800
Subject: Your Assistance is needed Urgently

Your Assistance is needed Urgently

Good day!
I know this email might be a surprise to you, due to the fact that
we have never met before, I got your email contact from the
International Chamber of Commerce and I believed that you will be of
help to this deal I am proposing to you.

I am Mrs. Yokoma Kansai, I need your assistant to help me retrieve my
late husband's Fund $300,000,000.00 which he deposited in a SECURITY
BANK. He was CEO of KANSAI OIL & GAS TOKYO JAPAN. My husband Dr.
HISANAGA KANSAI died months ago of the COVID19 pandemic, I wish to
have a deal with you regarding the fund.

As a result of his sudden death his business associates are trying to
rip me off my late husband's assets and heirlooms which he had left
for me before his painful demise. I want you to help me retrieve the
FUND from the Bank, as my late Husband's Business partner.

l ready and willing to divulge more information to you upon your
positive response. Please let me know your thoughts . Kindly reply
through this email:

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Yokoma Kansai.

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