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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: "Mr.Andrew Ryann" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 05:59:06 -0700
Subject: Dear friend

Dear friend,

My Private Email
My name is Mr.Andrew Ryann, Our client died Three years ago leaving behind capital amount (USD20,000 000 Million) in our security company where I work.(East African Security Company Kenya Nairobi)

I am the manager, till date and nobody has come forward or put application for the claim of the depository.

During my private search for the relative recently your name and email contact was among the findings that matches the same surname as the deceased name which is (withheld for security reason) who died interstate with no Will or next of kin to inherit his estate.

To maintain the level of security required I have intentionally left out the final details. I want you to come forward since I can provide you with the details needed for you to claim of the deposit so that I can be gratify by you, in this way 45% for you and 45% for me and my chief security officer that will do all the crucial part in the deal to have the deposit release to you promptly and 10% will map out for any expenses that might occur during the process.

To affirm your willingness and cooperation please contact me on my email with the following (such as) your full name/your full address/ your private phone numbers and your international passport or your drivers license for further information's.

I await your urgent response!

Best Regards,
Andrew Ryann
(My Private Email

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