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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: "Info" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:52:44 +0100
Subject: investment Funds //Revert for Details


Dear sir,

I am Dr Sheriff M. The Manager Bills and Exchange at the Foreign
Remittance Department of one of the prime banks in London United Kingdom

I got your esteemed contact through a bulletin i sourced from Internet
Business Page.
I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to
carry out this Business opportunity in my department. We discovered an
abandoned sum of Seventy Five Million Great British Pounds
Sterling(GBP75.000.000.00) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customers who died along with his entire family 0n Monday,31
July,2000, in a plane crash.

Since we heard of his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to
come and put claims for his money as the heir, because we cannot release
his fund from his account unless someone applies for the claim as the next
of kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately, neither their family member nor distant relative has ever
appeared to claim the said fund. Upon this discovery, I and other official
in my department have agreed to make business with you by giving you all
the vital information's you need to file a claim to the Bank for the
release and Transfers of the Money to your account as the Next of Kin to
the late account Holder

We have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as thus: 25% net for you
as foreign partner, 75% net for us . I wish to inform and assure you that
this Business is 100% Risk free and secured but needs to remind you that
it shall be kept very confidential in order not to jeopardize this
process.I want you to know that without anybody applying for the Money for
a certain period the Money shall be Confiscated by the Bank as unclaimed

Looking forward to receiving your response as soon as you receive.

Dr Sheriff M.
Contact me through this email for further details

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