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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: "Alexander J. Davis" <>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2022 16:05:26 +0100
Subject: Read carefully and reply back

Date: May 06, 2022


Your Interest

Respected: Sir/ Madam,

I am Mr. J.D. Alexander, the Chief Auditor of finance project
management limited United Kingdom In the course of my job, I
discovered a floating fund in an account which was opened in 1999
belonging to a foreigner who died in 2005. All effort made to track
any member of his family or next of kin has since failed. I came to
Dallas to check on one of his late relatives only to find out that he
died last year, hence I got in contact with you to stand as his next
of kin. He died leaving no heir or a will.

My intention is to transfer this sum of Fifteen Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars ($15,500,000) in the above-mentioned
account to a safe account overseas. I am therefore proposing that you
partner with me and provide an existing account or set up a new
account that will serve the purpose of receiving the above fund. For
your assistance in this venture, I am ready to part with 30% of the
entire funds ($4,650,000). After going through the deceased person's
records and files, I discovered that:

(1) No one has operated this account since 2005

(2) He died without an heir; hence the money has been floating

(3) No other person knows about this account and there is no Next of Kin.

If I do not remit this money urgently, it would be forfeited and
subsequently converted to the company's funds after the Sixth year
(this year); this will benefit only the directors of my firm. The
funds will be approved and paid to you legally as soon as I secure all
the necessary Documents and Certifications in your name. I will also
guide you on how to make your applications to ensure its approval and

please it is very important to inform you that you maintain everything
about this business confidential. Reply stating All your information,
your direct telephone numbers and your full address, this is to enable
me to send you detailed information on the modalities of this
proposition. The entire process will be completed within 14 working
days. I completely trust you to keep this proposition absolutely
confidential and I also want you to know that this transaction is 100%
risk-free. I will discuss more details with you upon the receipt of
your interest.

I look forward to your prompt response.

Best Regards,

Mr. Alexander.

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