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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: LEO SALOM <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 12:11:57 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION!!

I anticipate that you read this mail properly and let me know your
opinion and willingness to this classified information that i brought
to you here. My name is Mr. Leo Salom, the President & CEO of TD-Bank.
I am the director in-charge of the Auditing and Accounting section.
During our last bank audits and routine-check, we discovered an
abandoned account belonging to a deceased client, named Mr. Wang Jian,
a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the HNA Group, a Chinese Conglomerate
with significant Real Estate Ownerships across the U.S. He died on a
fatal accident while on a business trip in France. Uptil date no one
has ever come to make claim of the abandoned funds. We had carried out
several investigation on his account profile, and noticed that there
was no registered next-of-kin linked to his account that was dormant
over the years. Kindly go through this link for more clarity...

In the course of my searching for a capable and reliable partner to
champion this business opportunity, i came across your contact, and
the reason why i contacted you here and revealed this to you, is to
request your assistance to transfer the sum of US$9.2Million to you,
my lawyer will recommend you to the bank as the last business partner
of the late client, so that you can make full claim of this funds as
the beneficiary. Meanwhile, before i contacted you, several efforts
were made to find his extended family through their embassy, but all
to no avail. My lawyer will contact the bank and present you as Mr.
Wang Jian's last foreign business partner and next-of-kin. I have
mapped out strategies and modalities to invest this funds in a good
charitable foundation, as soon as i join you in your country for
sharing of the percentage. I plan to establish and donate part of this
fund to orphanage home to support the orphanage children, and to build
a hospital to help the less-privileged. I took this decision upon,
because i don't want this fund to be transferred to the government
treasury/account as an unclaimed funds. I'm offering you a payout
ratio of 40% for your kind support and assistance upon receipt of this
funds. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law here or in
your country. All i require from you, is your trust, honest and
confidence, as i believe i can trust you with guarantee that you won't
betray me for any reason after receiving this funds. As a top
official, i cannot directly be connected to this transaction,
therefore, that is the reason why i contacted you for us to work
together in agreement, so that you can assist to receive this funds to
enable us establish a joint-partnership charity project. All
confirmable legal documents to back up this claim (if requested by the
bank) will be provided by my lawyer, he will guide you with further
details on how to receive this funds. If you are interested in this
transaction, i advised you contact me back, so so to give you a
comprehensive details on how to proceed.

Warm Regards,
Mr. Leo Salom
Chairman, President & CEO/

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