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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. Dennis Utah (Ambassador)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:21:31 -0800
Subject: Attention: Please,

Mr. Dennis Utah (Ambassador).
Address: 400 S. Zang Un, Suite 1018. Dallas, TX 75208
Telephone Number: (214) 585-5005

Attention: Please,

This is to inform you that one Mrs. Patrica H. Chester, who was an American nationality forwarded a power of attorney to my office this morning as an Africa Ambassador to United States claiming to be your representative and this power of attorney stated that you are dead, she brought her account details to replace your own information in other to claim your inheritance fund worth of US$5,500.000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) that's lying in a dormant account UNCLAIMED on your behalf and below is the information she provided where the fund should be transferred to:

Account Name: Mrs. Patrica H. Chester
Bank Account: Bank Of America
Account Number: 210 380 9417
Routing Code: 12006743
Bank Address: 7914 Gleason Dr APT 1102, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Marital Status: Married, 45 Years

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died from a kidney disease last week but before you died, she says you gave her the POWER OF ATTORNEY to claim the fund, that's why I'm contacting you to confirm if the news is (TRUE OR FALSE), So kindly get back to me immediately to avoid transferring the fund to a wrong person because I worked 24hours just to monitor all the activities going on the local & international inheritance and contract payment.

You are to call this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as I shall be available 24hours to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to have your fund wired in your possession and also be informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous and I will not be held responsible for any wrong payment.

Therefore hurry up and get back to me if you are Alive as I have Mrs. Patrica H. Chester information where she want the fund to be transferred, so that I can order for her arrest for illegal act and remember that before you receive this fund, you are required to hire an accredited attorney who will obtain the FUND OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE from the HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE here in TEXAS and it will will cost you the sum of $199.00 (One Hundred And Ninety-Nine United States

But we proceed, you are to re-confirm your personal information to enable me to renew and update your payment file in order to reflect in a database computer before we can proceed.

(1) Your Full Name:..............
(2) Your Country/State/ City Name:..............
(3) Your Delivery Address:...........
(4) Your Occupation/Position:..............
(5) Your Marital Status/Sex/Age:..................
(6) Telephone Number:.............
(7) A Copy of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses:...........

As soon as you provide this information listed above and pay the sum of $199.00 (One Hundred And Ninety-Nine United States
Dollars) for hiring the accredited attorney, your inheritance fund will be released to you within 72hours.

Best Regards,
Mr. Dennis Utah (Ambassador).
Email Address :( )
Telephone Number: (214) 585-5005

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