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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: "Jerome sippon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2022 17:44:58 +0100

Good day and Happy new year to you and your family

I Presume this message will come to you as a surprise, my name is Jerome sippon. I'm working with a finance firm here in Belgium, There is EU€35M in our vault which the original owner is dead,he made a fixed deposit valued at EUR35,000,000
{THIRT FIVE MILLION Euros} in our vault,the maturity is over due and We sent a routine notification to his Forwarded address and discovered,he died of covid-19 attack last year. In our bank official Papers we found no NEXT OF KIN details as his BENEFICIARY.In light of the above I want your maximum co-operation to claim this fund as the next of kin for business investment between us in your company or country.
if you are interested, kindly reply me through my personal email for more xxxrmation and the procedures to claim the fund, Send me your full names personal telephone numbers and your location.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this Electronic message. i hope that you will find this xxxrmation useful and helpful

Best Regards
Jerome Sippon

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