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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: Official Info <>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2022 21:52:44 -0700
Subject: Fund Beneficiary


An executive director with an oil Company, who is a client of mine has
informed me he is privy to over invoiced contracts amounting to
hundreds of millions of dollars. Based on this privileged information
he has agreed to assign this over invoiced funds to any individual or
company that applies as the contractor/beneficiary, with a good
understanding that when the funds are released to you, that both
parties will share the funds. If you agree to work with my client on
this privileged info, I will be needing your consent to present you or
your company as the beneficiary of one of the over invoiced contract
funds of $47 million.

I will inform you in detail what is required of you and how we are to
achieve this within the confines of the law as stipulated by my client
as soon as you reach me on my email.

The modalities for sharing the funds as suggested by my client which
is still subject to deliberation and agreement between the parties as
will be mutually decided is 60% for him and 40% for you.

All relevant documents to back up your claim as beneficiary will be
provided to you . All that is required is your honest cooperation and
participation to enable us to see this transaction through.

Looking forward to hear from you soonest.

Kalinkin Aliaksandr Esq.

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