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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. Paul Brower Esq" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:11:10 -0500
Subject: Urgent assistance needed for this deal

Dear Friend,

I'm the Personal Lawyer to Late Eng. Alexander Simonov from Russia, he was my client for more than a decade. I am a citizen of Netherlands but resident in UK. I need your assistance in the repatriation of my deceased clients funds valued at US$12.5 M, which has been abandoned since after his death with his entire family.

I will give you more details with all deposit information upon your positive response to this mail ( I have tried every attempt to trace any member of his family which has proved abortive and unsuccessful, hence my contact to you.

If you wish to achieve this goal with me, kindly get back to me with your interest, for further explanation. Also include your full names, your present address and private contact telephone numbers.

Best Regards.
Mr. Paul Brower Esq.
(Senior Law Advocate)

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