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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: "Alesky Mateusz" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:53:10 -0800
Subject: Re: Urgent business relationship

Good Day Sir/Madam,
My apologies to have to approach you in this manner, but please kindly give me a second and go through this open request.
My name is Alesky Mateusz. I was born in Poland but migrated with my mum to Uk when I was 10.  I am a senior staff at one of the leading bank in Europe and head of personal banking since 2006, the bank identity will be made known to you in my next mail. Due to my protected position I have been privileged to maintain some very confidential TIMED account for very special customers. Unfortunately, one of of these customers died in the Montana air disaster of 2009 leaving  timed deposit sum of 9,500,000.00.
I have tried for over 8 years to locate any relative of Mr. Brent Ching to no avail. As a personal banker to Brent I have been given unreserved instruction from the management of the bank to search and inform the relatives of Mr Brent and invite them to come and receive this deposit. I thought that while I continue to search for a relative, I can bring you in as a next-of-kin and release the funds to you for a profitable investment in viable areas of high yields.I am convinced that so much money can be made from such investment rather than leaving the funds unproductively at the bank while waiting for a relative to arrive if they ever will. Below is the link of accident for your perusal:
I intend for us to share the resulting profits from the investment equally .This will be done net all costs of investment. There will be a proper MOU and Agreements drawn to protect each one us in this transaction and enforceable in any court of law.
All the title of deposit transfer documents will be regular and legitimate, the terms and and rules of engagement will be notarized and binding on both parties. If you are interested and can truly invest viably kindly send me all your personal details.
If however you do wish to be part of this, I will appreciate you declined without prejudice in order to protect the confidentiality of the late customer and my position
Best regards,
Mr. Alesky Mateusz
Personal Banking.
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