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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: "Dr.Albert Small" <>
Reply-To: "Dr.Albert Small" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:52:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Thanks For Your Kind Consideration,


Dr. Albert Small
Mobile: + 44 7937415926
Dr. Albert small Harlsden, North West London, in England. I work at Santander Bank Corporation Of London. I am writing to you from my Office, it will be a huge benefit to both of us. In my Department, as the Deputy Chief (Greater London Regional Office), I discovered an abandoned sum of £ 15 million Great British Pounds (GBP 15,000,000,00) an account belonging to one of our Foreign customer late Mr. Peter Medrano,he is an American citizen, who unfortunately died in the airplane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed on January 31th, 2000, including his wife and only daughter.

The choice of the connection is attracted to their geographical location, where you live, especially because of the sensitivity of the deal. and privacy policy here. Now the bank has been waiting for the relatives to come up with the claim, but nobody has appeared. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 14 years, I want to present you as the next of kin/Will beneficiary to the deceased so that the value of the proceeds of this account can be paid 15 million pounds to you.

It  will be disbursed, or shared by percentages, 50% for me and 50% for you. I will provide all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up this claim. . All i need now is your honest cooperation, confidentiality and trust to be able to see this deal through. I am sure that this will be carried out under a legal provision that protects the user from the for violation of the law.
Please give me the following: it is very very urgent PLEASE.
1. full name, 2. direct Mobile Number, 3. Contact Address. 4. Age
Having gone through a systematic search, I decided to contact you, hoping that you will find this proposal interesting. Please, in your confirmation message indicates your interest and i will provide you more information. Strives to let me know your decision as soon as possible.
Please contact me through my private email:

Best Regards,
Dr. Albert Small


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