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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:

Date: Mon, 08 May 2023 04:47:03 -0700
Subject: Urgent reply needed

Hello , We have been in search of a reliable and capable person, who can st=
and as the benefactor for a dormant account here in our bank. After due dil=
igence we observed that the owner died years ago as none of his family memb=
ers have come for the claims because he was divorced and had no kids from o=
ur records. However, we have his assets documents deposited with us here an=
d the sum of $128.500,000.00 (One hundred twenty eight million five hundred=
thousand United states dollars) which we are in search of a foreign partne=
r that will stand as the true next of kin of the deceased customer. Kindly =
get back to me if you are interested, for more information. Warmest regards=
. Mr. Hartz Graham

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