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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: "Edward Huffman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2023 06:04:44 +0700
Subject: Inheritance claim

Dear Friend

I am highly delighted to be in contact with you sorry for the Embarrassment this mail might be to you as we have not meet or known each other before. My name is Edward Huffman, I was the Personal Attorney to Late Mr. Roy Hall a national of your country, who was a contractor and spent most of his life in my country England UK.

He and his Family were involved in a car accident along Manchester Stretch and unfortunately lost their lives on the 27th day of September 2003 in London. Since then I have made several inquiries to your country’s embassy to locate any of my Client's extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful hence, he has no next-of-kin at the time of his death after these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you since all my effort to trace or locate any member of his
family failed me so that you as a foreigner will assist me as my late Client’s next-of-kin in repatriating the assets and Capital valued $5,600.000.00 USD left behind by my late Client before it gets confiscated by the Bank where this huge deposit was lodged. The said Bank in London has issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin or
have the deposit confiscated.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of my Client's relatives, I seek your consent to present you as the Next-of-kin to the deceased, so that the deposit can be paid to you therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for claim. I have all the necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for the claim.

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this Transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in the UK, your Country and Internationally. I will be very happy to hear from you, i have agreed to part with 50% percentage of the total amount as your own share of the money for assisting me in this deal. We shall also map out percentage of this money to take care of incidental expenses that may arise in the course of this transaction. Immediately this funds is being remitted into your account, note that high degree of trust is required from you.

Best regards
Mr. Edward Huffman

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