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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: "Mr. Ryan Boswell" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:50:53 -0300
Subject: Reply

Dear Beneficiary,

I am Mr. Ryan Boswell of Claims Department with a bank here in London,
United Kingdom. I wish to notify you that you are clear to claim the total
sum of Twenty Million Five Hundred thousand British pounds in the codicil
and last testament of a deceased customer (Name now withheld for security
reasons). Kindly Contact me for more details:

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Ryan Boswell

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