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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: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 15:57:42 +0000

My Name is MR,BARKULED AVEX the Chief Operating Officer of (B.O.A) Bank of
Africa and I am in need of a reliable foreigner to carry out this important

An account was opened in my bank by one of my customers in the name of
Mr.Thomas Bahia a Dutch National from Germany who made a fixed
deposit of $17,800,000.00 ( Seventeen Million, Eight hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) and never show up again and I later discovered
that he died with his entire family members on a plane crash that
occurred in Libya on the 12th of May 2010 and below is a link for your

Now I want to present a foreigner as next of kin to late Thomas so we
can make the claim and you can contact me if you are interested so I
can give you more detailed information about this transaction. For the
sharing of the money will be shared in the ratio of 50% for me, 40%
for you and 10% to cover our expenses after the deal.

Now the total amount to be transferred is $18.500.000.00 [ Eighteen Million,
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars] because of the interest the
has accumulated since 2010.

Please keep this absolutely confidential weather interested or not.

Your's sincerely
contact me for more details if you are interested through my email address:

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