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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: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:39:09 -0800
Subject: `` INQUIRY


Permit me to relate this vital matter to you. I am seeking to
diversify an estate portfolio into viable investment. It's important
to note millions of people remain unaware they’re entitled to collect
unclaimed assets owed deceased depositors, who passed on without
leaving updated financial records for their assignors and trustees.
The majority of this lost money comes from dormant bank accounts,
orphan pensions, unknown windfalls, missing shares and abandoned
dividends, forgotten life insurance policies, National Savings
Certificates, lottery winnings and Premium Bonds which have not been
redeemed. This is about a docile liquid estate which we can both
manage for our mutual benefit. I will be waiting for your response.
If you are willing to partner with me on this, please signal your
interest through a return email.
I look forward to your timely response.

Healthy regards;

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