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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: "UNITED NATIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:34:23 -0600

Hello ,

I decided to write you this proposal in good faith,

believing that you will not betray me.

I am Mr.James Walton,Senior Executive Vice President &

Group Head - Retail Banking & Wealth Management at

Baader Bank AG. I have been in search of someone with

the name , so I came online to search then I saw you

here, I think it is by the will of God to come across

you now, I am having some important business discussion

I wish to share with you, it is in connection with your

last name and you are going to benefit from it.

One Late Peter , a citizen of your country and a crude

Oil dealer made a fixed deposit with my bank 2005 for

114 calendar month valued at US$70,000,000.00 (Seventy

Million United State Dollars) the due date for the

deposit contract was last 22nd of January 2019, sadly

Peter was among the death victims in the may 27 2006

Earthquake disaster in Java Indonesia that killed over

5,000 people. he was in Indonesia on a Gold business

trip which he introduced to me, sadly that was how he

met his end. My bank management is yet to know about his

death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am

his account officer. Peter did not mention any Next of

Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, so few months ago

I was going through his account details and noticed that

his account needs to be renew or to terminate the

contract, so I thought of it again and again and I

decided to get a next of Kin so that the fund can be out

of Baader Bank, now I am seeking for your co-operation

so we can get the fund to our self instead of allowing

it to remain in the bank and if the bank do not hear

from Late Peter they will use the fund for their

personal use, I have prayed and made a very good home

grand work concerning this transaction before contacting

you, since you have same last name with late Peter my

bank head quarters will release the fund to you as the

rightful next of Kin to the fund, there is no risk

involve in this transaction all I want is for you to

keep this transaction secret between the both of us, do

not discuss with anybody about this transaction I am

here to guide you all through this transaction, the fund

will be transferred to your account.

I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share

the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties, my share will

assist me to start my own company which has been my

dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat

this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the

details once I receive your urgent response strictly

through my
personal E-mail address:

We can as well discuss this on email
Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your


Regards,James Walton,
Retail Banking & Wealth Management at Baader Bank AG.

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