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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 Brent Jackson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 16:07:02 +0200
Subject: Wichtig

Lieber Freund,

Wir, Bond Street Investment Advisors, sind ein Team von Vermögensverwaltungsberatern und Anlagemaklern.

Wir vertreten Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) Privatkunden, Risikokapitalgeber und Business Angels, um ihr Finanzportfolio weltweit zu erweitern.

Ich möchte Ihre Zustimmung als Begünstigter der Gesamtsumme von 15.000.000,00 GBP im Auftrag eines verstorbenen Kunden einholen.

Nach Ihrer Antwort werde ich Ihnen weitere Einzelheiten mitteilen.


Mr.Brent Jackson
Consultant Bond Street Investment Advisors
Station Yard Park Avenue SOUTHALL,
UB1 3AD United Kingdom

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