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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: Ibrahim idewu <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 09:22:40 +0100

Dear Friend, Good day ,

I hope this mail meets you well. I duly apologize if I am interfering
with your privacy if this request is not acceptable to you.

My name is Mr.Ibrahim Idewu, I am a Banker, I am contacting you because
you share the same last name with our client who died of accident with
his wife and his two sons few years ago.The Bank has been on the
outlook to contact his next of kin without success and I contacted
you since you shear same surname with our client.

I want to present you as the next of Kin / beneficiary for immediate
payment of this fund.. As of today my client's cash investment with
the Bank Stands at US$19.3 Million (nineteen Million three hundred
United States Dollars )

This is paid or shared in these percentages, 60% for me and 40% for
you. I have secured legal documents that can be used to substantiate
this claim. The only thing I have to do is put your names in the
documents and legalize them here in court to prove you as the rightful
beneficiary. All I need now is your honest cooperation,
confidentiality and your trust, so that we can complete this
transaction. I guarantee that this transaction is 100% risk-free, as
the transfer is subject to international banking law

Please give me this as we have 5 days to work through this. This is very urgent.

1. Full Name:
2. Your direct mobile number:
3. Your contact address:
4. Your job:
5. Your nationality:
6. Your gender / age:

Please confirm your message and interest to provide further
information. Please do get back to me on time.

Best regards
Mr. Ibrahim idewu

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