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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: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 12:27:07 +0100

First Bank Plc,
56/57 Broad Street,
Off Breadfruit Road,
Lagos Nigeria.

Attention Beneficiary,

My name is MRS CLARA MOHAMED, The Assistant Senior Manager of First
Bank Plc. My partner and me has decided to contact you because there
is an account opened in my bank in 1998 and since 2000 nobody has
operated on this account again. After going through some old files in
the records, we discovered that Mr Smith Brown Andrew died in a plane
crash of Singapore Airlines Flight 006 (SQ006) was a scheduled
passenger flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Los Angel's
International Airport via Chiang Kai-shek Airport (now Taiwan Taoyuan
including his wife and only daughter.

If we do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited to
the government for nothing. The owner of this account is Mr Smith B.
Andrew, a foreigner, and a miner at a Gold Company, a geologist by
profession. No other person knows this account or anything concerning
it, the account has no beneficiary and my investigation proved to me
as well that the company does not know anything about this account and
the money in this account is US D 35,500,000.00 (Thirty Five Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Since the death of this our customer, I personally has watched with
keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as
no one has come to claim his funds, which has been with our branch
for a very long time. On this note, I decided to seek for whom his
name shall be used as the Next of Kin as no one has come up to be the
next of kin.

In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal when I was
making a research on a foreigner I will use in this great opportunity.
For your assistant I will give you 25% of the total amount then 10%
have been mapped out to be donated to the Orphanage home of your
choice, while the remaining 75% will be for my partner and me. Upon
the receipt of your response on my above email
( ) I will send you the procedures. I
will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is 100% risk
free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for
the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been finalized.

Kindly send to me the under listed information as stated below;.

1) Your full name:
2) Your Address:
3) Your telephone number:
4) Your profession:
5) Bank Name:
6) Account Name:
7) Bank Address:
8) Account Number:
9) Routing Number:
(10) Photo Id Attached:

Thanks and God Bless You.

Yours Truly,

Assistant Senior Manager,
First Bank Plc.

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