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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.Roht" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2018 01:21:39 -0800
Subject: Urgent proposal

Hi Sir/Ma,

I will be highly appreciated upon receipt of your response,as this letter serves as an urgent proposal.

Dead bank client under my portfolio, with thesame name as yours on his deposit papers,deposited US$23.6 million that has remain dormant for years now.

Due time given by my bank for claim is almost near to expired,and if no claim comes forward on time,the money will just end up like that to the bank or government treasury as unclaimed fund.

I can present you as the next of kin for the claim, bank approved you and transfer money to your bank account and we share 50%/50%. There's No-Risk involved, it's a 100% assurance guaranteed.

An attorney / Lawyer will prepare the Normalization of the neccessary documents and also obtain letter of probate / administration in your favor for the claim.

Please if interested or have any question to this proposal, do not hesitate to reply at:

Thanks with best regards,

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