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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: JOHN EDWARD <"OCN.1.">
Reply-To: JOHN EDWARD <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:54:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Dear

Attention Dear
I am JOHN EDWARD, I work with a reputable financial institution in United State of American,Bank Address 111 Ballanard Ave,Pitman New Jessey08071,FULTON BANK OF NEW JERSEY as an Account Officer in the Treasury/Credit Control Unit. I was
mandated to look for a Customer who died some years back in Westgate
shopping mall attack by Al-Shabaab terror attack, on 23rd September 2013
to enable his family, friends or relatives claim his inheritance funds.

I have been searching for the relatives of my late client, but I could not
find any so I decided to contact you regardless of the fact that you are
indirect relative, for them not to share his funds by dividing it amongst

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the assets and Capital
valued at 12,540,000.00 Million pounds, I assure you that this
transaction is 100% risk free The money will be shared on a 50-50 basis I
guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
Kindly reply to our priate emails to enable you proceed with this claim.

I am waiting to hear from you soon.

Best regards,

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