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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: "Mr. Steven Albert" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 10:04:17 +0100
Subject: Partnership.


I am Mr. Steven Albert, the director of Audit and Account Unit,
international remittance department of United Bank For Africa Group. I
am reaching you in regards to an investment I personally intent to do
through my bank {United Bank For Africa Group} with your company
considering your wealth of experience on this particular field.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of Twenty One
Million and Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($21.5 million
Dollars) immediately to any designate account under your care/custody.
The fund has been dormant (in-active) for over 10 years in our Bank
here (United Bank For Africa Group) without any legal beneficiary
coming for it, considering the circumstance that faced the dormant
fund without the next of kin. I wish to let you know that this fund
payment $21.5milion legally and legitimately belong to our deceased
customer Mr. Andreas Schranner (the owner of the account) who died
along with his supposed next of kin in the air crash since 31st July
2000. Ever since that crash incidence, nobody has come for the
recovery of the fund payment either as a beneficiary or next of kin to
the beneficiary.

As a clerical account officer then to late Mr .Andreas Scharnner and
presently the audit and remittance director to United Bank For Africa
Group the bank has assigned me the authority to look for any available
next of kin to late Mr. Andrea Schranner who would come over for the
collection of the deposited fund urgently, otherwise they will
confiscate the funds to the bank treasury. I don't want the fund to go
into our Bank treasury as an abandoned fund; this is the reason I am
contacting you. I want to front you as the legal next of kin and
appointed beneficiary to the fund payment valued $21.5 million
Dollars, so that my Bank will release the fund to you as the nearest
person to the deceased customer.

I directly and personally have all the necessary back up document and
other necessary papers to support the successful release of the fund
to you without delay provided you agree to work with me and strictly
take my professional advice and official directives to actualize the
fund to your/our custody. ( I intend to invest my share into any of
the business that you can advise or your are into). You can freely
visit and browse the website below to have a better understanding of
the crash and Mr. Andrea Schranner.

Please, I would like you to get back to me if you wish to handle this
transaction with me or delete it if you are not interested. Upon
receipt of your reply, I will provide you with necessary back up
documents and further details to successfully actualize the fund to
your custody without any risk involved. I would guard you with my
professional advice and direct supervision. I have willingly agreed to
share the fund with you in the ratio or 50/50. which is $10 million
each. The extra $500,000 has been stipulated for all necessary
expenses which we may incur on the course of process and recovering of
the fund payment deposit into your nominated account custody.

Best Regards,
Mr. Steven Albert

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