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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 White" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:44:00 +0100
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Spam?=
When I hear from you(Asap)

I'm a banker at the HSBC London and I'm communicating with you about a
potential deal. There is an abandoned fund valued at $125M which
belonged to an Indonesian late customer of my bank who died in the
Japan Tsunami disaster. I want you to stand as the next of kin of the
deceased customer so we could put claim to the fund. You will benefit
40% of the fund and I will get 57% while 3% will be keep for any
expense. I will give you more info when I hear from you so we could

Andrew White.

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