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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: "Barrister Henry van loo" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 02:10:49 -0700
Subject: Funds

I am Henry Ivan Loo,an Attorney at law have a Next of Kin Proposal for you.
A deceased client of mine left a total sum of ($50,600,000.00 USD) without any
next of Kin as regards his funds. This totally legal with all documents to back
you up as the next of kin. for more details if interested, contact Henry Ivan Loo
only on with your personal or private email.
Best Regards
Henry Ivan Loo

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