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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: "N. Lee S. Price" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 23:33:13 -0700

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs Lee Price writing to you after proper consideration that telephone
conversation may not be an ideal medium to contact you. I got your search
on the internet for a reliable person.I am sure this mail will be coming to
you as a bite of a surprise since we have never meet before and you may
also be asking yourself why I have decided to choose you amongst the
numerous internet users in the world, precisely I cannot say why I have
chosen you but do not be alarmed for I mean no harm.

I am in the National Guard Artillery unit here in Iraq, we discovered some
funds when on Routine foot patrol in Khalis Iraq at the company's compound.
We have kept these funds for some time now without any hitch. As the head
of the troop, I have secretly moved a sum of US$ 20,000.000.00 (Twenty
Million United States Dollars) from the total sum found into a secret bank
account in London, United Kingdom.
Dear Friend,i decided to look for someone outside Iraq that will honestly
receive this money and keep it save, so i am contacting you to stand as
beneficiary and receive this fund and move it to your bank in your country
I intend to secretly relocate to your location as soon as you have received
the fund in councom , so that we can share the money and i start a new
life in your country with your help.

If you are interested, get back to me for details on my private email So
that I can direct you to the banker in charge of the bank where I have
moved the fund to. View the Website below for details;

Please forward the following ::
….Full name
….Telephone number ( Mobile ).

Truly yours,
Mrs Lee price

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