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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: "Mr. Kraft Timothy" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 23:26:22 +0100


Dear Sir / Madam,

I am Dr Kraft Timothy Senior Accountant & the Auditor General Manager of
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA, of the Federal Republic of Benin. I work with UBA
in Cotonou Benin Rep. It is my wish to solicit your assistance in a
business opportunity that will be benefited for you and I.

During our investigation and Auditing in my Bank, in my department I came
across an abandoned sum of money ( fifteen Million One Hundred Thousand US
Dollars) In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer late
Mrs, Wouel Sun Han , a citizen of South Korea who died along with her
entire family.

I wish to know if we can work together. I would like you to stand as her
Next of Kin to a Fixed Deposit of US$15.1 Million Dollars which she made to
our Bank. She died and left nobody behind as her Next of Kin.

The Funds can be transferred to you either through Bank to Bank wire
transfer into any account of your choice. The reason why I contacted you is
that after 3 months from now the Bank Directors will share this Funds
within themselves.

Please kindly contact me through my email address here if you are
interested ( )

Dr. Kraft Timothy
Best Regard.

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