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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: Barrister Alfred Howard <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 15:46:53 +0800
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,
With Due Respect, I am Barrister Alfred Howard, Attorney at law.A deceased
client of mine who died in Plane crash along side with his family. You can
confirm view :

I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money left behind by my
late client(US$18,750,000.00) Eighteen Million Seven Hundred and Fifty
thousand United States Dollars is lodged in the bank. Take note is 100%
risk free and It is expected that upon the receipt of your acceptance, this
transaction will be concluded within 7 Banking days and the money will be
paid into your account

Sincerely yours.
Barr.Alfred Howard (Esq)
(Attorney at Law)

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