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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. Randall Bocian" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Randall Bocian" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:47:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Compliments


I am contacting you on trust for a transaction involving Five Million Five hundred thousand dollars only( $5,500,000.00) My late client was going through a horrendous divorce and was on the verge of losing most of his estate to his vicious and diabolical wife. As a result of this alarming predicament,He came to me with a very brilliant idea of putting the $5.5M to a fixed deposit account in our bank under an alias which only the two of us knew before his death without any will and no trace for next of kin.
The money have been unclaimed for the past two years now and the bank have requested me to provide the next of kin beneficiary since I am his account officer,hence I contacted you.I would like to stand as the next of kin to my client so that you will be able to receive his funds,I will have 67%,32% will be for you and 1% will be map aside to cover all expenses in the process of completing this transaction.Provide me with the following details:


to enable so that I will summit a letter of introduction in your name as the next of kin beneficiary to this claim and perfect all paperwork in your name for this claim.It is important that you Call me on my direct phone number +44 745 227 6317 or send me a text message .You can also send me Fax on +44 705 3490466 for more information in details.I assure you that this transaction is worth taking and highly profitable.It's 100% risk free. 
I awaits your urgent response via email,text message and phone call.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Randall BocianDirect phone number : +44 745 227 6317Direct Fax number   : +44 705 3490466

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