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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: "FBN Group - Lara Davies" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +0200
Subject: Re: 27 September 2017 - Is This Your Will ?

Top of the day to you,

Pardon my email enquiry, but it is the ethical thing to do before reverting.

I need to know if you assigned one Debra Pfitzner of #130 Clare St, Bethel, OH 45106 - USA your Will and Testament to receive your estate with an ATM Card in your name sum value $1,500,000 it contained.

Debra Pfitzner sent a notification to this bank that you were involved in an auto crash two weeks ago, that she [Debra Pfitzner] has been assigned as the sole beneficiary to your estate and the unpaid fund still lodged with our bank the sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars only.

We request your prompt response confirming or revoking the application sent in by Debra Pfitzner - if you are truly alive.

We will not be held liable if we do not hear from you within 10 business days as we will have no option than to release the ATM Card to your assigned next of kin, in the person of the applicant Debra Pfitzner of Bethel, Ohio - USA


Lara Davies


Telephone #: +234 816 493 2126

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