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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:

Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 22:21:50 +0300


My name is Mr. M Rowley , an accountant with First Bank,I need help to claim of US$10.3M,under my care as the personal accountant

This fund belong to One of my client who died after a brief illness,in March 2010 and Recently, Government is threatening to confiscate the funds if fails to provide the next of kin within 30 working days.

Although, I have try to reach his families through telegraphically/Address he drop in Namibia. only to find out that the wife with the only daughter,both was killed by arm rubbers in their new home in Zimbabwe.

So if you are interested to assist me claim the fund get back to me for more details. Moreover keep this very confidential for security reason.


M Rowley

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