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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: "Walter Zulu" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:25:43 -0700

Good day,

I hope this will find you well.

With due respect,I seek your consent if you could assist me receive US$16.7 M. This is legal and risk free. This amount in question belongs to my late client who shares the same last name as you. He passed away some years ago in a boat disaster. I was his personal banker. After several unsuccessful attempts to locate his possible relative I decided to contact you.

In view of this I therefore seek your consent to present you as inheritor to his funds. There are claim documents to enable you to file in and claim the funds legitimately, if you are willing to be presented in this proposal, please contact me with your names,Phone, cell\fax, age country. For more details on how to claim the funds.

Thank you,

Walter Zulu

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