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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: Martial Akakpo <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:57:44 -0800
Subject: RE

My name is Martial Akakpo, a personal lawyer to late Mr, Robert Wilson,
who used to worked with an oil servicing company here in Republic of Lome,
.my client and his family was killed in Kenya shopping mall attack At least
67 people died when gunmen from terror group AL-Shabaab laid siege to the
East-gate shopping center in Nairobi.Kenya.. I have made several inquiries
to locate any of his
relatives but have been unsuccessful
.I seek your consent to present you as my late client's successor. my late
client before his death Left in a the Bank Three Million United States
Dollars [$3,000,000.00] in Escrow bank account without beneficiary,Due to
the knowledge that my late client was dead, the leaders of banks wants to
confiscate the Fund with a foul of policy, because no one had come to claim
the Fund. I am Contacted you to be my partner and work together with me to
have this money transferred out of Lome to your bank account.I will give
you more relevant details as regards to this fund/transaction as soon as
you notify me of your interest.


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