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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: "Dr. Lawrence Franklin" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 03:55:08 -0800
Subject: Please forgive me for stressing you with my predicaments.

Dear Sir

As you know already, our primary role as a broker in this transaction
is to source a credible and reliable asset/investment manager to drive
this investment opportunity. The investor (Lender) has nominated
FIDELITY CONSULTANTS LTD, a UK based financial advisor to coordinate
the loan process with you. Their primary objective is to formulate
documentations and inform you by channeling it through the most
appropriate platform that will ensure a hitch free transfer of funds
into your bank account.

Before we proceed further I want to sign an undertaking with you that
you are going to give me 5% out from your 25% commission from the
total sum $200Million. I want it to be type it with your company
letterhead paper signed once I receive the agreement I will obtain an
affidavit of empowerment transferring the power ownership into your
name that will give you total command of the funds and put you in
direct communication Fidelity Consultants Ltd

You can check through their website

Kindly provide me with the following:
(1) Full Name:
(2) Postal Address:
(3 Telephones and Fax Number:
(4) Occupation:
(5) Date of Birth:
(6) Copy of your international passport or ID card
Get back to me for more details
Dr. Lawrence Franklin

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