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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:

Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 08:51:35 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. This is by
virtue of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET. However
after series of petition was received by this present regime from foreign
contractors and inability of the BANK IN AFRICA) to fulfill their
obligation for the payment to its foreign creditors, in conjunction with
the council of ministers, they mandated us to carry Out a careful and
comprehensive review of all overdue payments to foreign contractors and to
effect payments immediately. During the above mentioned process, we
discovered an abandoned sum of($10.000.000) (ten million United States
dollars) and a quantity of Gold (95KG) worth (US$28.500, 000,000). Twenty
eight million five hundred thousand united states dollars) in an account
that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire
family in a plane crash that happened in Kenya, East Africa.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next
of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines and laws but unfortunately we learn
that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at
the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. Please I want you to
visit the website below for more information about the Plane Crash:

It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my
department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release
the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety
and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want
this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.I agree that 40%
of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the
provision of a foreign account, and 50% would be for me, while 10% will be
for expenses inquire during the transaction.There after I will visit your
country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated.Therefore,
to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must
apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased
indicating your bank name, your bank account number,your private telephone
and fax number for easy and effective communication and location wherein
the money will be remitted.

Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you by email the text of the
application to fill and send to the bank. I will not fail to bring to your
notice that this transaction is hitch-free risk and this transaction will
only take us 14 banking working days because as a banker, I know what to do
and move the fund into your account without any delay and that you should
not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangement have been made
for the transfer You should contact me as soon as you receive this letter
so that I will send you the text of the application to apply to the bank
and the data information of the deceased customer and you should contact me
through this my private e-mail address:(

Yours faithfully,

Mr Mutalib Lawale

Bill & Exchange Manager.

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