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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: "Remittance Department" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 17:59:11 -0800
Subject: Good Day Sir/Madam,


I am a banker here in London. I work in Foreign Remittance Department, where I manage private client’s accounts, as a matter of fact, I have been in charge of this duty for 12 years now. My motive for writing this mail to you privately is to inform you of an account belonging to my client, for as long as I have been with my bank branch here in London. His account holds.. £22.3 Millions GBP Sum of money.

The truth now is that my client is late, and I have monitored his account with us for 4 years now, and to my greatest surprise, no one has come up with a claim till date. From my investigations and confirmation, my client left his next of kin column blank, which is why no one has knowledge of the deposit except us at the Bank. Hence the need to get in touch with you as one who I can present as a next of kin to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my late client before they get Confiscated or declared on payable, as I have been unsuccessful in locating a relative for over 4 years now.

There is no moral justification for my bank to inherit this fund.Please be informed that the proceeds of this Sum will be shared as follows: 50% for me and 50% to you. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we make, and also the need for absolute confidentiality is required.

Please, Indicate your intention/interest on this transaction, for I am looking for whom to trust to perfect this transaction and transform it to reality. Contact

Best Regards

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