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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: "Andrew Vellu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:16:35 -0700

Dear Sir,

Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email does not meet your business or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself as ,Mr Andrew Vellu the Chief Risk Officer with Llyod's Bank

One of our accounts, with holding balance of usd $25,000,000 (Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars) has been dormant and last operated 4 years ago. From my investigations and confirmation, the owner of the said account, a foreigner by name Mr Satoshi Nagata died on the 24th of March 2015 in a plane crash in North-West of Nice in the French Alps,The Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings.

Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the existence of either the account or the funds and also Information from the National Immigration also states that he was single on entry into UK.

I have confidently discussed this issue with some of the Bank Officials and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We therefore propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after necessary processes have been followed.

This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.kindly reply to my private email (


Andrew Vellu

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