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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. Leslie Ozsvath <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:54:39 -0800

To the attention of this email owner.

My name is Mr. Leslie Ozsvath, I am a Canadian by nationality but I work as an accountant in Citibank Nigeria head office, There is this amount of US$79,752,000.00, Seventy nine million seven hundred and fifty two thousand United State Dollars that was deposited to our bank by a foreigner for years now and the depositor died without next of kin, I was his account manager and I take care of all his transactions when he was alive, Please I need your assistance for transferring this fund to your bank account as the next of kin for both of us benefit for life time investment, I will like to present you as the next of kin to the late Foreign customer I will personally attach your details to the account as his next of kin if you are interested.

I have every detail of the late client and some necessary documents that will make the bank believe you and release the fund to you within 5-7 bank working days with your full cooperation with me. Note that 50% of the total funds is for you while 50% for me after successful transfer. Contact me if you are interested. email me now for more details, DO NOT REPLY TO THE SENDER EMAIL! Kindly contact me directly through my personal email if you are interested in doing the business with me. I will give you more details of the transaction if you are willing and capable in handling the funds.

Phone: +234-705-152-7290 , call or email,
Mr. Leslie Ozsvath

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