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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:

Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 16:57:10 +0100
Subject: HELLO??

My name is Philip Twite. I reside in Birmingham in the
United Kingdom.
I solicit your audience to discuss some personal and financial matters
with you, if you would be well disposed to favour me with a piece of
your time.
On receipt of your response, I will divulge details for your perusal.
Kindly send to me your phone,address and occupation to enable my
further discussion with you. Though I do not speak English language
fluently, but I will try the best I can.
I'm looking forward to your reply.
Best regards and wishes to you all.

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