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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: Dr Raymond Snow <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:23:32 -0600

Are you alive or dead? We received several emails from one Mr. Larry Nixon who narrated to us about the auto car accident you had 2 weeks ago. Larry Nixon made us to understand that you are in hospital for treatment but there is no hope of your recovery. He stated that he is your business associates and your next of kin whom you have chosen and permitted to inherit all your properties. He is contacting this office base on your contract /Inheritance payment fund valid (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($150,000.00 USD which is about to be pay to you. He requested that the payment should now be transfer into his own personal account as he stated below.
Account Name Mr. Larry Nixon
Citibank Banamex USA
11 Peanut Sumrall Rd, Laurel, MS 39443, USA
Phone: 1-800-222-7534
Routing Number: 122233645
Account Number: 5944130210
We request your confirmation before we can process this transfer to Mr.Larry Nixon Bank Account. This is to avoid releasing your money to wrong person because Mr. Larry Nixon is too eager and ready to follow every instruction to have this money into his account. If you did not have auto accident and you did not permit Mr. Larry Nixon to claim your money, kindly reply this message with your full contact information so we can process the release of the $1.5 million dollars to you.
Waiting to hear from you, Please kindly fill below details if you know you are still alive and you did not ask Mr.Larry Nixon to claim your fund
1, Full Names:
2, Telephone:
3, Contact Address:
4, Age:
5, Occupation:
6, Sex:
Dr Raymond Snow
Director Payment Department

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