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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: Amelia <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:29:39 -0800
Subject: get back to me

Dear Friend,

My name is Amelia , from London -England, I school and work as a fashion
designer for part time job after my school. Am the only child of my
parents, my father died on

a fatal auto accident on his way to see my sick mother at the hospital
where she was admitted for Cancer treatment, she also died when she heard
the death of my father in same day at the hospital.

Before the death of my father, he had willed part of his Real Estate
Business, Gas Stations and a total sum of (Fifty Million, Seven Hundred
Thousand Pounds Sterling)
to me. After the death of my both parents, things became hard for me,
paying my school fees, putting food on the table and taking care of my
other needs with my

fashion designer work, I went to the bank where my late father deposited
the fund on my behalf to with-draw money in other to take care of my self
and pay for my

school fees with other bills.

I was shocked when the Bank Manager explained to me that I will not be able
to with-draw from the deposited money, because my father had put a clause
on the Will,

which he used in depositing the fund with them, saying that before I will
be given access to the money, I will either have to be 30 years old or if
only I get married

before the age of 30 , in which case, my husband will be legible to claim
the money on my behalf by standing in as my late fathers next of kin to
claim the deposited

fund on my behalf.

Today I am only 28 years old. And I have no access to the money till I am
30 years. So, I contact you to stand as my husband to claim this fund on my
behalf and in

case if you are married already, you can still help me by standing in as my
late father’s next of kin to the deposited fund. So, please get back to me
as to know how

you will be remunerated as I will part with 20% of the total sum (Fifty
Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling),while 10% will be mapped
out for any expenses

that we're to use to receive the money from the deposited Bank.

Please remember that I am writing you this email purely on the ground of
trust so we can achieve this deal together. This transaction will last for
two weeks after you

get back to me on how serious you are to claim this fund on my behalf.
Reply me at: ( )

Yours Sincerely,

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