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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: "Mr.David.Smith" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 13:59:38 -0600
Subject: ...Claim of Funds


Respond back to me via this email address:

My name is David Smith, i am a British citizen. I need your assistance
to claim funds from Yorkshire Bank UK. Funds belonged to a deceased friend of mine.
He left behind the sum of 7.5 Million Great British Pounds sterling in Yorkshire bank without a next
of kin. He was a British / a Saudi citizen. My wife is a nurse in the United States.

We both intend to retire to your country.

Let me know your options towards assisting us.



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