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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: CHIN-MAE GI <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2023 12:17:01 +0300

Dear Sir,
My name is Chin-Mae Gi. I am the account manager of Late Mrs Marie Nazer. My client has $10,085,000 USD in our bank. I have been managing her accounts for more than 18 years now. The reason why I contacted you is to seek your interest in order to stand as her next of kin. She died of Covid19 and doesn't have any living relatives that I know of and her legal next of kin died of cancer. So, i and my late client lawyer is partnering with you in other to get the funds released.

I will be waiting for your prompt response.


Chin-Mae Gi

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