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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: Gregg Carmelo <>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:56:25 +0000
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Gregg I David, Branch Manager, (BOA) married with two children, I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this secret and risk free business opportunity in my branch office department, the deal is that you have to stand as a depositor next of kin to claim this money and leave the rest to me to finish as an insider.

Mr Michael Kim, An American, Foreign Oil Consultant/Contractor with the Chevron Petroleum Corporation Middle East, has a secret (fixed) deposit bank account in twelve calendar months, which Valued at ( $7.5 Million Dollars ) in my branch upon maturity, after many years not hearing from him, the bank management decided to send a lot of routine Email, Fax and Mailing notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.After a month's, we still sent an email and post reminder's and finally we discovered from his contract employee Director, who Told the bank management that Mr Michael Kim died in the plane crash.

If you're interested in this deal, please I would like you to provide for me with the following requesting details below, to enable me start the change of ownership and transfer process immediately:
Your Direct Mobile Number:,Full Name:,Country:,private E-mail:

Best Regards,

Regional Manager
Gregg I David

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