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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: "Helen Drakov" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:32:55 -0500 (EST)

Dear Sir/Ma,

Good day, I know that this email will come to you as a surprise because
you don't know me and I don't know you too. My name is Helen Drakov, I am
17years old and an orphan. My late father died in auto crash in December
2011. My late father was killed in a road accident but the police reported
that my late father was drunk and full of alcohol before his death.

However, my late father was a successful business man who lived IN HONG
KONG AND Guangzhou China before coming back to my country, Latvia. Before
the death of my father, he told me that he deposited the sum of
US$5,000,000:00 (Five Million United States Dollars only) with a bank in
China in the year 2007. I have contacted the Bank and they told me that I
am free to come and claim the money as the only daughter of my late father
as I have the secret number my father gave me.

Now, I am presently living with my uncle who is taking care of my school
and my uncle is very wicked to me. He has seized all my late father’s
properties and sold them away without showing any consign to me. Now, I
don't want him to know about the US$5,000,000:00 with the Bank that is why
I am contacting you to give me and urgently assist so that I can instruct
the bank to transfer the money to your account to enable me come to meet
you in your country and start a new life.

My main reason of contacting you is because I don't want my uncle to know
about the money because he may claim it and seize the money and I will not
get anything. I am assuring you that this money belongs to my late father
and it is safe, risk free and legal. the deposit is with the bank Let me
know if you are ready to help me on this so that I can give you the detail
information of the bank, and we reach an agreement on what will be your

I am waiting for your reply through my email:

Best regards,
Miss. Helen Drakov

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