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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2023 15:22:53 -0700
Subject: $2,500.000.00 USD

Hello Dear

I deposited the check to the Bank as we agreed at amount of Two
Million Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars[ 2,500.000.00
USD]. I told the Manager that you will email them for your account
details for wire transfer.
Remember, it is either you instruct them to remit the check and wire
your account, or they can mail it to you by Registered mail.

You will contact the clerk of the Bank for details message of the
check at email [ ] Her name is Stacy Grayson.
You can as well reach her on phone: +22961422581.

Please do let me know as soon as you contact them, and as soon as the
Funds is sent to you. I will be busy with Minning until December 3rd,
Thank you very much and i look forward to trading with you again.

Kenji Kan

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