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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 Kolo <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2022 05:35:47 -0800
Subject: Attention Is Needed Please


A customer of ours who died in the year 2006 in the Tsunami tragedy in
Indonesia left behind an estate/capital(US$20M) in a Bank here where I
work, till date nobody has come forward or put in an application for the

During the Bank private search for the late gentle man relatives, your name
and email contact was among the findings that matches the same surname as
the deceased who died intestate with no Will or next of kin. To maintain
the level of security required I have intentionally left out the final

Banking regulation/legislation demands that I notify the fiscal authorities
after a statutory time period when dormant accounts of this type are called
in by the monetary regulatory bodies if nobody applies to claim the funds.
I urge you to come forward since I can provide you with the details needed
for you to claim the estate/capital so that I can be gratified by you, in
this way $12,000,000.00 for you and $8,000,000.00 for me. I will do all the
crucial parts in the Bank to have the claim released to you promptly.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this
issue To affirm your willingness and cooperation, please do so by replying
to me at my private email with your Telephone/Fax

I do expect your prompt response.

Thank you,

Mr. Kolo

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