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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: Zenith Bank Plc <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:23:00 -0700

Hello, Sir

I am Mrs Angel Chike, Debt Management Officer with a private bank here
in the United Kingdom branch (UK).
I am contacting you with a benevolent spirit, utmost confidence and
trust to provide an account to evacuate some large sum of money to a
trusted bank account in your country for investment.

This money has been abandoned in our Bank custody by a deceased
customer for over a decade now. He died without any registered next of
kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate.

We have agreed to offer you 30% of the total Amount (12 million
euros)for your kind assistance. It is 100% risk free.
If you are disposed to work with us please get back to me with your
Full Name, Address/ age and
Occupation/ a scanned copy of your drivers license and Phone / WhatsApp Number.

I will give you more details about the fund and the transfer process
if I receives from you.

Awaiting your urgent response

Thank you.
Mrs Angel C.
Reply Direct to my official email

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