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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Engr. Andrzej-Tadeusz Kisiel" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 06:27:33 -0700
Subject: Hello

My name is Engr. Andrzej-Tadeusz Kisiel, I am a citizen of Poland, a
business man specialized in oil and gas; but now I am critically sick
with esophageal cancer which has damaged almost all the cells in my
body system.

My late wife died in an accident with our two daughters few years ago
leaving me with our only son whom is just 11 years old, and he is my
most concern now as he is still a child and does not know anything
about live and has nobody to take care of him if I died; because I and
my late wife does not have any relatives, we both grew up in the
orphanage home and got married under orphanage as orphans. So if I die
now my innocent child would be left alone in this wicked world and I
do not wish to send him to any orphanage home, I want him to grow up
in the hands of an individual, not orphanage.

Please, I am begging you in the name of God to sincerely accept my
proposal; let me instruct my bank to wire transfer my fund worth the
sum of US$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION DOLLARS) to your account
immediately, then you will take my son to your home and raise him as
your own son.

As soon as the fund is transferred to your own bank account, you shall
take 30% of the total amount transferred to your account as my
representative and the trustee of my son, and use 70% for the up keep
of my little son.

Please reply immediately with your full data if you agree to help me,
so that we can arrange for the transfer of the fund to your own bank
account before anything happens to me, because I will undergo surgery
by next week, and I do not know what will be the result of the surgery
as the doctor has told me already that I may not survive.

Please i wait to hear from you now, it's a matter of urgency.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Andrzej-Tadeusz Kisiel

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