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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: "First Bank Ltd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2024 17:31:04 +0200
Subject: Dear Honest Partner

35 Marina P. O. Box 5216,

Dear Honest Partner.

My name is Dr James Abel, i work with the First Bank Of Nigeria as the Director Of International Remmittance of my bank. My late client in the person of Steven Zloboda a native of Texas in The United States Of American, who died in the Corona-virus pandemic in 2020 here in Nigeria. Before he died, he was working with the American Oil Giant Exxon Mobil as the executive director of the company and he left the sum of $7.500.000.00 Million Dollars in my bank without a next of kin attached to his name.

However, i am looking for a trustworthy individual i will present to my bank as his next of kin so that both of us can share this fund 70% for you and 30% for me. At the end of the successful transfer of this fund to your bank account, i will come down to your country and receive my own share of the 30% to avoid detection from my bank and government. I also want to assure you that,this transaction is 100% risk free.

Yours truly,
Dr. James Abel
(Director International Remittance Department)

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