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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: Floyd Hutson <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:09:47 +0000

With Due Respect

I'm sorry bother you and I hope this mail finds you in perfect health
and state of mind. Kindly permit me to introduce myself, I’m Floyd
Hutson, the head of investments, audits and risk management at Safari
Financeâ„¢ Intl. I'm contacting you in urgency requiring your support with
a matter that is very confidential, risk free and highly profitable.

I have in my custody the financial portfolio of a one time client of
ours worth several millions of Euros. He passed away in 2012 and had
left no heirs nor surviving family members to lay claims to his finances
with us, his last known kin was his wife who was found to have passed
away in 1992 and the couple had no children on record.

Below are internet links for your reference;

Roman Blum has no heirs for $40m fortune: Holocaust ...
The search is on for the relatives of Holocaust survivor Roman Blum -
who passed away in January last year leaving behind the largest
unclaimed estate in New York ...

There is currently an avenue for us to lay claims to this financial
portfolio with your help, so If interested in this deal / transaction
and wish to get further details on the deal, kindly send me your
personal contact informations to include your full names, contact mobile
/ phones, emails and your personal home / Office address. If not
interested, do eqally indicate the same in a reply to this e-mail and
kindly delete this message, if no response is received from you after a
while, I would equally consider that as a lack of interest and proceed
to make contact with another party.

I look hopefully forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,

Floyd Hutson.
+1 979 281 2800

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