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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: "KEN BRINGGS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 07:40:55 -0700

Hello dear,

I have contacted you before but you did not respond to me.I am so sorry to invade your privacy.Once again,my name is Mr. Kenny Bringgs.If you do not mind sir,I would like to make this proposal to you.It will be of immense mutual benefit to us now and in the future.

However,I cannot detail you much about it at this instance because we have not known, not met or seen before and do not know as well how you may feel or view it due to the nature of it and being mindful of what is happening on the internet these days.Thank you for understanding me in this regard.

But,if it may interest you to know much about it sir,please you can mail me back.I am sorry again for the inconvenience this my email may cause you.

Thank you again as I await your esteemed reply via my private email

Yours sincerely,
Kenny Bringgs.

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