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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: Handrick Handrick <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:06:54 -0600
Subject: My Dear Friend,

From: Handrick Handrick
Cannon Street, London EC4M 5SE,
London, UK

My Dear Friend,
I did a lot of searching before choosing your contact from your country’s website and business online register. It is with trust and sincerity that I approach you for assistance to transfer some funds into your bank account.

Please do accept my apology if my mail infringes on your personal ethics. My name is Handrick Handrick , A Private Lawyer based here in London. Honestly it will be my humble pleasure if we can work together.

I would like you to act as the next of kin to my deceased client who made a deposit of 3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Pounds Only) with a Finance House here in London few years back. He died in an auto crash with his wife and only child without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate with the Finance House here in London. This means that any person from your country can act as the next of kin to the deceased person for the purpose of claiming the inheritance funds without any risks involved.

The finance house which is owned by already rich directors will confiscate the fund and convert it to their personal use if nobody comes forward for the claims.

If you are interested in this transactions, Please do let me know immediately so that I can give you comprehensive details on how to proceed.

I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible through my private email address.


Handrick Handrick
Email ( reply I mmediately.

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