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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.Greg Lawrence" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 17:24:25 +0100

Dear Sir / Madam

How are you ? In the bank where I work,We had a foreign customer, who
deposited a huge amount of money with us, Valued Eighteen Million, Four
Hundred Thousand United state Dollars ($18,400,000 USD) In 2017 the
customer and his only son lost their lives in a car accident, With my
position in the bank,it is very possible and very easy for us to claim the
funds as his next of kin and beneficiary without any problem .

Please,contact me through my direct email so that i will give you details
on how we can get the funds transferred to your private account without any
problem,as soon as you receive the money we shall share it %50/ 50% all i
want is your cooperation and assistance to get this transaction done,
Remember the total amount would be transferred into an ATM Card and send to
you in your country together with the pin code .


Mr. Greg Lawrence.

Head Of Operations.

Email Address: (greg.lawrence5111@the

Mr. Greg Lawrence
Head OF Operations Esq.

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