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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: "Albert Watson" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:05:29 -0500 (COT)
Subject: Your concent is highly needed!!!


I am Albert Watson,an attorney at law I am contacting you in respect to my
late client (Mr.Sri Val Edmond) fund valued at (U.S Thirty Five Million
Dollars). My client died with his entire family on a plane crash in Gulf
Air Flight Crash,Persian Gulf Near Bahrain Aired August 23,2000 - 2:50
p.m. ET as reported on CNN,Visit the website for more details:

After 15years of legal battle his bank has resolved to pay his fund and I
need you to stand as the beneficiary of the fund as I have no knowledge of
any of his surviving relative.

The fund will be shared in the ratio 60/40 respectively immediately the
bank transfers the fund to your account. Kindly,send your full name & cell
phone number to my private email:

Please treat this mail with utmost confidentiality as I look forward to
your reply.


Albert Watson

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