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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: "Bar. John, Walter.." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 01:02:24 +0700
Subject: HELLO

I am Barrister John Walter, the personal attorney to one of the victims of the Plane Crash (Alaska Airlines Flight 261) who along with his wife and other passengers unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives even to the Embassy of his Country but all these proved unsuccessful. He is a national of your country, who until his death was a major Sugar dealer in Europe.

In a bid to locate any relation of my client, i took the decision of tracing his last name over the Internet on Peoples Finder, and came across your name that is why I have contacted you to assist me in securing the deposit he has in a bank whose value is One hundred and ten million dollars ($110M).

I will give you more details upon the receipt of your response via my secured email address:

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