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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: Mark Eden <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:58:16 +0100
Subject: Business Proposal:

I am Mr. Mark Eden , a banker by profession and currently holds the
position of Chief Auditor in our bank, I have the ability to transfer
unclaimed fund of $11.7 million that belong to one of our late
customer, who died some years ago. He was an independent oil merchant
in my country & the bank has put the fund in an escrow account waiting
for his next of kin to come for the claim because he died together
with the wife and the only daughter who are supposed to have inherit
this fund. The bank management will share this fund if no one comes
after a period of time.I can't do it alone because my late customer
was a foreigner. So declare your interest to assist me so I can send
you the detail message my private email:
We are waiting for your Response.
Regards and God Bless
Mark Eden

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