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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: "Manuel Dwyer" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2022 16:30:29 +0100
Subject: Message Alert

The internet has been grossly abused by scam artists and miscreants whose dreadful acts have hurt

and ruined many individuals. In as much as one should be careful, at the same time we shouldn't

allow negativity to kill our positive potential in a realistic privilege.

I'm confiding in you with the following information. Please, if you are not interested, kindly

discard it. One Passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, if

you have any reasons to reject this offer. Please, and please delete this message as any leakage of

this information will cause me a severe predicament.

Please note that the following proposal is 100% risk-free.

My name is Manuel Dwyer, a solicitor and financial attorney of a highly ranked law firm in the

United Kingdom.

This letter is to ask for your support and collaboration to secure a misplaced asset of my late

client to avoid liquidation by the financial institution or impoundment by the Government treasury


My client, late Michael Harris, a geologist died in a plane crash (Air France Flight 447) in June

2009 with his entire family and other passengers on board as confirmed by the CBS news website


His Fixed Deposit of the £28M (Twenty Eight Million Pounds) in a UK Bank in 2007 has accrued

interest of £13.8M. It's been over a decade and the Bank is required to review the deposit contract.

As the attorney, the Bank has been contacting me for over 4 years regarding the amendment of the

contract, but I didn't want to inform the Bank about the crash incident because it will

automatically result in the liquidation of the asset. Also, according to United Kingdom banking law,

after the expiration of 15 years, if deposit contract terms are not amended the asset will be

subjected to confiscation by the HM treasury.

Therefore, I'm seeking your support to stand as next of kin/beneficiary to claim these funds so that

we move them into useful investments. I'm willing to share 40% for you and 60% will be kept for me.

You will provide an offshore account where the funds will be transferred. Also, your presence is not

required in the United Kingdom, as a financial attorney and the legal representative of Michael

Harris, I have the legal right and the documents that are required to initiate the claim.

Please, if you are interested in this proposal, kindly forward your contact information as soon as

possible for further discussion.

In the meantime, you are required to reply private email address as follows for security purpose;


Thanks for your kind understanding.

Manuel Dwyer

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