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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: "Barr.Alex Matez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:06:55 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

Please accept my sincere apology if my email does not suit your business
or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself to you. My name is Barr.
Alex Matez, the Attorney to Late Mr. Andreas Schranner, A German Businessman
and a miner at Kruger Gold Company, a Geologist by profession and he died since
2000.No other person knows this money . Please view this website for
verification My Client
Mr. Andreas Schranner have a deposit of Ten Million, Eight Hundred Thousand
United state dollars (US$10.8M) in a Consignment with a Finance Security
Firm. Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of
this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the
existence of either the deposited US$10.8M in a consignment; I have
confidently discussed this issue with some of the Finance Security Firm
officials and we have agreed to find a reliable partner to deal with.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the Next
of kin and beneficiary receiver of this late client?s deposit US$10.8M in
a consignment , The consignment was registered as CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC
DOCUMENTS; but its only me and you knows the content to be money please
don't let any one know about it to avoid losing the funds. If you are
interested to receive the consignment kindly let me know at once.
I am ready to release 50% of the total money to you for your help; I will
be expecting your reply today please advice me of any good and lucrative
business in your country that I can invest my share into. This transaction
is totally free of risk and life time opportunity for us for our mutual
benefits. Kindly respond back to me to enable me give you the next step to
adopt to enable us bring this life changing deal to reality.
My client Mr. Andreas Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Andrea
Eich, his son in law Christian, and their children Maximilian and
Katharina, all perished on the Monday, 31 July, 2000 plane crash in western German city of
I look forward to your earliest reply,
Best regards
Barr.Alex Matez

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