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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:

Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 05:07:19 -0700

Attn:We are expecting your response,

We received several emails from Williams Kenneth who narrated to us
about your dead. He stated that he is your business associates and
your next of kin whom you have chosen and permitted to inherit all
your properties.He is contacting this office base on your (COVID-19
FUND) $2.5 Million Dollars which is about to be pay to you,he
requested that the payment should now be transfer into his own
personal account as he stated below.

We request your confirmation before we can process this transfer to
Williams Kenneth Bank Account,this is to avoid releasing your money to
wrong person because Mr. Williams Kenneth is too eager and ready to
follow every instruction to have this money into his account, he has
also agreed to pay the needed charges BUT we refused. If you did not
died of Corona virus disease and you did not permit Williams Kenneth
to claim your money, kindly reply this message with your full
information so we can process the release of the money to you.

Citibank Banamex USA
Century Park East Los Angeles,CA 90067
Routing Number: 109233653
Account Number: 4824130201
Account Name:Williams Kenneth

I am wait for your urgent respond.

Best Regards
Ms.Sophia Oliver
Foreign Remittance Department

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